If you like the idea of starting out your kids as vegans from a really young age, you’ll love this Scandinavian School of Jersey City in New Jersey.
- From Kindness to Vegan Diets
The school started out due to a story of compassion. When two vegan children enrolled, the school director, Maria Germerud-Sharp, banned what they couldn’t have to eat so that they wouldn’t be excluded at mealtimes. This resulted in a vegan diet! The idea is to form a loving community for the 92 children who attend this interesting and creative school.
- Inspiring Kids
At the nursery school, which is called Scandi School, children between the ages of 1 and 6 years eat fresh produce instead of animal-derived foods. The menu is organic and fresh bread is baked on the premises by the chef every day. Some of the produce, such as kale, is grown in the garden. Even the cheese is substituted for tofu. The school has become very popular and is focused on getting children to eat their fruits and vegetables. Who wouldn't want to when they're served up in vegetable risotto? The school also gives children a chance to be immersed in nature, with lots of natural items being available in classrooms, such as pinecones and seashells.
- Starting Healthy Habits
The great thing is that by letting children start following a healthy and vegan diet from a young age, they will be more likely to stick with it as they age. Of course, how the children eat outside of the school is equally important. Some of the parents might not be vegan themselves, which could mean that their children will be eating meat when they get home. However, the important thing is that schools such as this one give children the opportunity to be exposed to the vegan lifestyle so they can make choices that are right for them when they are older. I wonder if it's too late for me to enrol!