Superintendent of Schools Dr. Cheryl Champ announced that in committing to implement more environmentally friendly practices the Pelham School District will no longer be selling or providing single use plastic water bottles or straws.
Staff, students and visitors are being asked to bring their own reusable water bottles and access filtered water from school drinking fountain/bottle fillers and water tanks that will be made available during lunch. Students are strongly urged to put their names on their bottles so they can be returned if they are misplaced.
Additionally, the food service programs will be using only compostable utensils, plates, and trays.
"These small changes will cause some initial discomfort as we train ourselves on new habits," she said in an email to parents and guardians. "But the long-term impact will be significant as we model this commitment for our students and do what we can to create a more sustainable future for our planet."