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Do you know of any Paleo-friendly K-12 schools?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 14, 2013 at 11:11 PM

I saw a question on here asking about the existence of Paleo B&Bs, and it made me curious about Paleo-friendly schools. Does anyone have information to share on Paleo-friendly schools, whether public/private/alternative, in the United States?

When I google search anything related to "paleo schools" or "paleo education", the best I find is information about school lunches and programs in higher ed. Both useful, but I'm curious about K-12. I am open to any knowledge I can gain from the community here.

I'm very involved in education and this just sparked my curiosity. Might be too early on in the movement; maybe a good future career path for me!

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on October 17, 2013
at 12:47 PM

That seems like a great program, but I don't understand the bagel in the photo example of a healthy lunch..

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on October 17, 2013
at 11:46 AM

There's an interesting article about school lunches by Amy Kubal here

http://robbwolf.com/2012/10/04/fed-up-school-lunch/

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on August 15, 2013
at 05:19 PM

Here's an article about the school lunch program: http://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/20130522/articles/130529820#page=0 And you might find this interesting: http://karenlebillon.com/

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on August 15, 2013
at 04:21 AM

Very interesting perspective. Can you share the name of the district or the region it's in? Just curious.

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on August 14, 2013
at 11:41 PM

It certainly seems like it'd make a very, very large difference in the world. // The only such things I can think of in the U.S. are self-/homeschooling methods. Perhaps in Germany, where alternative and herbal medicine/nutrition are studied in depth, there are such things, or veins of Paleo knowledge.

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on August 15, 2013
at 12:14 AM

Not exactly Paleo, but our local school district just started a French Language Immersion charter school. In addition to French language, French culture is a big part of the curriculum, and a big controversy in the town has been that they asked for a waiver from the usual school lunch program in order to include a meal program as part of the curriculum. They feed a full-French-style school lunch on real china plates with real silverware, with "courses", and everyone sits together and the meal is a teaching opportunity--manners, culture, nutrition, math and science, etc.

This became a huge controversy in our area because the charter school which is seen as very elitist (even though any child in the area may attend) replaced a poorly performing school with a very low socio-economic student profile. Those kids had to be moved to other schools (NOT because of the French charter, but because of poor performance on NCLB standards). Most of those kids were Hispanic ESL students, so they are not likely to attend the French charter school when they first need basic English skills. The parent association is heavily subsidizing meals for kids in the school lunch program, but the whole lunch program really focused the criticism in the area.

Anyway, while not paleo, I think the menus they've published in conjunction with this story seem pretty good. They are mostly whole foods, lots of veggies, no SAD type junk. There are few treats served--mostly fruit or a fruit tart. Fat is not skimped, sugar is low.

Some people took this more expensive meal program as thumbing their nose at the neighborhood, but I see the opposite--it's very sad that EVERY school doesn't do this! My daughter just finished elementary school where they barely give the kids 10 minutes to bolt down their food, sitting outside on benches unless it's pouring rain. The schools here give lip service to "healthy eating" and forbid parents to pack candy, sodas, or cookies in a kids lunch--then proceed to hand out exactly those types of treats as rewards at every opportunity. They used to sell pizza and soda for fundraising until state law forbade that. And if you saw what other parents packed in the name of health--Lunchables, cheese and peanutbutter crackers that don't contain real cheese or real peanutbutter, whitebread sandwiches. The public school lunch menus are supposedly healthy, but they contain a lot of grain-based things and always a sugary dessert with no nutritional value like rice krispie treats.

Anyway, that was a long winded way to say that you might check for a local French Charter School or some districts have charter Montessori schools where there is also an emphasis on whole food nutrition (albeit often vegetarian).

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on August 15, 2013
at 05:19 PM

Here's an article about the school lunch program: http://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/20130522/articles/130529820#page=0 And you might find this interesting: http://karenlebillon.com/

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on August 15, 2013
at 04:21 AM

Very interesting perspective. Can you share the name of the district or the region it's in? Just curious.

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on October 17, 2013
at 03:02 PM

Having kids eat healthful Paleo meals at school goes against the farm subsidies of the government. Won't be changing anytime soon as it is an enormous set of business interests you would be trying to upset. It is a bring your own situation - educate your kids on eating correctly.

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on October 17, 2013
at 11:19 AM

I'm really curious about this topic as well and would love to hear about other parents' experiences of providing alternative food for their children in school, or about schools who have been more open to such adaptations. The need for paleo lunch programs in schools ranks up there with the need for paleo grocery stores. Wouldn't that be great? :)

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on October 17, 2013
at 11:46 AM

There's an interesting article about school lunches by Amy Kubal here

http://robbwolf.com/2012/10/04/fed-up-school-lunch/

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on October 16, 2013
at 11:10 PM

Answering my own question, but I found this today and think it's about as close as it gets: http://www.awakeningseedschool.org/ Check out their core food curriculum: http://www.seedfood.awakeningseedschool.org/

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on October 17, 2013
at 12:47 PM

That seems like a great program, but I don't understand the bagel in the photo example of a healthy lunch..

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on August 15, 2013
at 01:55 AM

I just had to sign a waiver at my daughters day care because I don't want them serving her grains...good luck!

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on August 15, 2013
at 01:40 AM

Montasori school tend to eat fairly paleo or at least will follow your wishes to food intake. You just have to search around as each one is a little different. One we looked at was an earth school and grows a lot of their food and spends time outside to learn.

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