Briony Storz, right, and a representative of A’viands speak to the School Board Monday night.
Briony Storz, right, and a representative of A’viands speak to the School Board Monday night.

   The Ripon Area School District students have spoken, and food service provider A’viands listened.

   It will make several environmentally friendly changes to how food is served at Ripon schools.

   “RASD students care about environmentally responsible practices and kindness toward others, and they have requested that the district make a difference,” Business Manager Jonah Adams said.

   During Monday night’s Ripon Area School Board meeting, Food Service Director Briony Storz gave a report to the board about A’viands and the meals the schools served.

   She noted in her presentation that she and her staff are looking at replacing utensils with metal silverware at the kindergarten through eighth-grade level, and are considering compost or recyclable trays at the high school level.

   She later explained to the Commonwealth that she and Adams began implementing some of the changes last year.

   “Jonah Adams and I worked together to bring metal utensils to Barlow/Journey for the 2018-19 school year,” Storz said. “It worked so well, we have decided to bring it to Murray/Quest and Ripon Middle/Catalyst this year. Ripon Area [School District] is unable to recycle the grade of plastic utensil that our current vendor carries. This transition, with the help of students and staff, will keep thousands of plastic utensils out of area landfills.”

Read the full story explaining all the changes being made this year in the Aug. 22, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.