Chamisa Green Team Organizes Waste Free Lunches

The Chamisa Green Team. Top row from left, Dilynn A., Louis G., Zoe B. and Ava S. Bottom row,  Kylie A., Ella M. and Jen Bennett of Los Alamos Co+op Market, Natalie C and Rebecca B. Courtesy photo


Chamisa Elementary students finished their week long challenge of bringing a waste free lunch to school Friday, April 28.

Led by teacher Megan Lee, the Green Team an environmentally-minded club comprised of fourth grade students at Chamisa, successfully deployed a one day event in February. More than 175 students participated by bringing a waste free lunch. Students who brought a lunch were eligible for a raffle.

To promote this event, the Green Team created a video of how to pack a waste free lunch and presented it to the students, created posters and sent emails.

Due to the tremendous success, the Green Team decided to try again. This time, the Waste Free Lunch Challenge was extended to a full week in honor of Earth Day. Lee and County Environmental Services Manager Angelica Gurule coordinated the work of the Green Team.

More than 110 students participated in bringing waste free lunches to school. Prizes were given daily and a punch card recorded their participation. The prizes were donated by the Los Alamos  Cooperative Market, Los Alamos County Eco Station, and the Chamisa PTO. Students who brought a waste free lunch every day were awarded a $2 certificate to the upcoming school-wide Scholastic Book Fair.

A poster contest promoting the campaign for the Waste Free Lunch Challenge was coordinated by Art Teacher Renee Mitsunaga. There were three winners – Ella Javernick in first place, Rosario Dodd in second, and Ella Miranda in third. All winners demonstrated their success in communicating visually how to pack a waste free lunch.

Winners were awarded gift certificates to the Book Fair thanks to the Chamisa PTO. Their artwork may be used in the future to educate and create awareness throughout the school district.