Congratulations to Ann Holtzinger’s sixth-grade class, for successfully rallying to stop using plastic nonbiodegradable foam lunch trays at LAUSD schools. The sixth-graders put on a demonstration at lunch in which they took used lunch trays from other students and strung them together from a tree to show district officials the inefficiencies to using the foam trays, while offering alternative solutions.
Undetected inefficiencies like these can seem insignificant, but actually make a huge difference to our environment and wallets. Because of their efforts, the district will be saving 3-4 cents on each tray unit, and at an estimated 40 million trays a year, the Los Angeles Unified School District has the potential to save $5-$6 million annually. Kudos to our children, for showing us creative solutions to environmental and fiscal issues do exist, with just a bit of collective action.