ORCSD Moharimet’s New Recycling Program

A look inside the ORCSD Elementary School, Moharimet’s new recycling and composting program. Under the guidance of Brian Cherry, ORCSD Facilities Director, and with the able assistance of the ORCSD Sustainability Committee, Moharimet Elementary launched its new recycling/ composting program under a contract arrangement with Troiano Waste Services and EcoMovement. Nell Neal, Dennis Harrington, the Moharimet students and staff, and volunteers have been instrumental in the program’s early success. Want to learn more? Watch this video from ORTV that was produced by Kathleen Young.


“Stepping Up to the Plate With Healthier, More Sustainable School Lunches.”

Lucas Schroeder, a 7th Grader at ORMS, recently made a video interviewing Doris Demers, ORCSD Food Service Director, and Mast Way students called, “Stepping Up to the Plate With Healthier, More Sustainable School Lunches.” The video was part of a ‘Pay-It-Forward’ project that Lucas was completing for one of his courses. Lucas’ video highlights some of the farm-to-school sustainability initiatives underway in the school district. He is hoping that people will be inspired to support this program, so that we can continue such sustainable initiatives into the future.

To view “Stepping Up to the Plate With Healthier, More Sustainable School Lunches,” click HERE.

Warrant Article #4 – 2013

On this page you will find a variety of information to help you better understand the importance of the warrant article. Warrant Article #4 will allow the Oyster River Cooperative School District to gain funding for more sustainability initiatives in the future. Don’t forget to VOTE on March 12th!

The ‘Kids Eat Local’ event was a huge success!
‘Kids Eat Local’ was a meeting/planning session for local(Durham, Lee and Madbury) farmers and food producers, who might consider selling to the Oyster River Cooperative School District. This meeting was held on Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 4PM in the Oyster River Middle School cafeteria. Farmers and producers from the school district’s three towns were able to meet with Doris Demers, the ORCSD Food Service Director, and to explore partnerships for the upcoming growing season.

Here is an Informational Packet on ‘Kids Eat Local’:
Kids Eat Local Packet 3:3:13

And crucial to this movement, is the introduction of a ‘Green Team’ in the ORCSD. Here is an Informational Packet on ‘Green Teams’:
ORSC ‘Green Team’ Packet 2:28:13

ORTV Student Produced Video

Here is a wonderful ORTV student produced film about our very own Sustainability Committee. Nice job!

The Green Team

The Oyster River Sustainability Committee’s concept for the ‘Green Team’ is to work within the areas of food and nutrition, facilities and procurement, transportation, and school curriculum at each of the facilities/campuses in the District. The purpose of a ‘Green Team’ is to bring the community together to promote sustainability in our schools.
For more information, click this link:
ORSC Green Teams

Oyster River Child Nutrition

Doris Demers has been doing a lot of great work here at the Oyster River Cooperative School District. To stay updated on the nutrition at all of the schools in the district, check out her Oyster River Child Nutrition Facebook page for regular posts and pictures: http://www.facebook.com/OysterRiverChildNutrition

“We want parents to know that school lunch has changed! This is not the lunch you had when you were in school. Meals are healthier, 50% or more of our grains are whole grain, we offer fruits and vegetables with each meal. All of our milk is low-fat or non-fat, including flavored milk.”

(Also located under the ‘Sustainability in the Schools’ page)

Ecological Footprint Report

There is a new page added to The Green Oyster! Be sure to check out the “Ecological Footprint Reports” page located next to the “Contact Us” page. There is good reference materials for the March 12 vote on Warrant Article #4.