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Despite Food Safety Concerns, Congress Voted to Allow Chicken Processed in China into New Rochelle’s Lunchrooms

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Despite concerns about the safety of food grown and processed in China, chicken can now be processed in China and sent back to this country for human consumption even though there will be no on-site USDA inspectors in Chinese processing facilities to ensure food safety.

Furthermore, Chinese-processed chicken does not have to bear “Country Of Origin Labeling,” which means that consumers will not know if they are purchasing or eating chicken processed in China.

To make matters worse, under USDA rules, Chinese-processed chicken can be used in the National School Lunch Program and other federal child nutrition programs, despite the fact that children are particularly vulnerable to food borne illnesses and dangerous chemicals.

A petition has been started to urge Congress to keep chicken from China out of our schools. Please sign and share if this concerns you. Thanks.

https://www.change.org/petitions/congress-keep-chinese-chicken-out-of-our-schools-and-supermarkets

Education Is The Key to Recycling and Recycling Saves Money

A very simple equation: what goes in, must come out.

This is valid for how New Rochelle’s schools are dealing with their garbage.

Here is a interesting article on how nationwide schools are the key to recycling and environmental awareness, but not all schools are equal in that regard.

http://www.wasterecyclingnews.com/article/20130903/NEWS02/130829934/educ…

New Rochelle’s schools were until 2011 doing absolutely nothing in ways of recycling.
I started pushing the issue and with great pride I can say that we now have 5 schools actively source separating in the lunchrooms as well as more or less streaming the building waste. There are still many ways on how that can be improved and the students are the key to it all.

Education and hands on involvement is what is needed to -literally- bring the message home.

But nothing is more detrimental to a child than to see that no matter his effort to recycle, the custodian will just throw it all back together.

Education is the key, but the adult support is the lock. We cannot open the door to a more sustainable future with all its benefits without adult commitment.

I am calling for New Rochelle’s schools to increase its environmental education and I am calling for Buildings and Grounds to actually live up to Mr Quinn’s recycling mandate.

New Rochelle Schools Need A Driver to make Environmental Change happen

These are my remarks at last nights BOE meeting. I want to thank President Lacher for welcoming me so warmly to the microphone.

Dear Board,

My name is Anna Giordano. I want to start out by congratulating you to the appointment of John Barnes and Melissa Passarelli as principals. Those are great people and I am sure ALMS and Webster are thriving with them.

Last week I got from you a call on my home phone, a call on my cell phone, a text on my cell phone and an email to inform me that school is about to start again. I think it is wonderful that you have embraced the technology to that extend.

I was actually blown away to hear today to what extend you are embracing new technologies and you seem to have a fabulous driver for this in this teacher who just got tenure.

Way to go!

So, how about we embrace environmental sustainability with the same vigor.

Last week, I got these two mailings. One was from Webster school. It contained 4 full sheets of single page printed documents, plus two half. It all came in a 6×9 envelope, costing 66 cents to mail.

Mr Quinn said during the budget discussions that he found a way to save $200,000 for printing. It looks like we overlooked this opportunity here. Here we could be saving 85% of the cost associated with this mailing by embracing double page printing, using normal envelopes and normal 46c letter stamps. Continue reading New Rochelle Schools Need A Driver to make Environmental Change happen

Some Schools are Ditching Milk Cartons for Milk Dispenser

New Rochelle’s schools are producing a large amount of Garbage every day, this is not new to readers of my blog. That this garbage costs us tax payers dearly is also not new.

I proposed to the schools in order to curb waste of milk and to reduce garbage that we should institute dispensers and re-usable cups. The Foodservice Consultant told me that it could not be done easily but that she is looking into the feasibility.

That would be a wonderful step in the right direction. Right now, New Rochelle generates around 6000 cartons per day, and especially the elementary schools have a milk waste of close to 50%.

http://www.wasterecyclingnews.com/article/20130917/NEWS01/130919963/thre… Continue reading Some Schools are Ditching Milk Cartons for Milk Dispenser

New Rochelle Webster Students Partnering with Terracycle.com

recycling binsNew Rochelle Daniel Webster Students are partnering up with Terracycle.com

The students are learning a lot about being stewards of the world and how to reduce our foot print. They are source separating their lunchroom waste into different recyclable categories and now they are expanding into recycling other items. Did you know that empty glue sticks are recyclable? How about old cell phone, chargers, ink cartridges, broken cameras, or spent Nestle Coffee Pods?

Well…YES, they are recyclable and the students are collecting these items now in specially marked recycling drawers in the school lobby.

So, from now on, instead of tossing items into the trash, have your child bring them to school to earn Terracycle Points for our school. If you send these items in a plastic bag, we will send the bag back for you to reuse or recycle.

Please check out Terracycle.com, this company is “upcycling” our waste into fabulous new products.

Please send in:

empty Ink Cartridges,
broken Cellphones,
broken cameras,
broken calculators,
unwanted chargers
empty glue sticks and glue bottles
broken, empty markers, pens and other writing equipment
spent Nestle Coffee pods ( have your child empty them before bringing them in please)

Thank you for helping our Earth and our school as we can put the Terracycle Points to many good uses.