School Teaches Kids to Mind Their Peas and Cukes

Published by PETA.

An elementary school in Denver, Colorado, is giving its students food for thought. To promote healthy eating habits among its students, SOAR has become Colorado’s first vegetarian school and earned itself a Compassionate School Award from PETA, for saving the lives of countless animals.

“There is tons of research about plant-based foods preventing disease,” said SOAR’s head of school, Gianna Cassetta. “[W]e’re making a difference in the way people think about food. Hopefully by the time our kids are in fifth grade, they’ll be very conscious about what they eat.”
Pupils, teachers, and PETA staff members talk about Meat-Free Monday, a global project in schools to help students protect the environment, help animals, conserve resources, and improve their health.

And it’s working. SOAR lunches are loaded with fruits and vegetables, and even the food students bring from home must adhere to SOAR’s guidelines. Parents report that when they are grocery shopping, if something isn’t healthy enough to go school, it goes back on the shelf. SOAR is continuing its quest for a new generation of healthy kids with the opening of a second school next year.

To help the kids in your life make the switch to a healthy vegan diet that will help prevent heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and other diseases, visit

Written by Michelle Sherrow

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