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King Charter School Wants to Be the First Vegan Public School in the World

by | January 21, 2019

King Charter School in Florida is hoping to become the first 100% plant-based public school in the world. The vegan charter school was formed by a group of vegan parents and educators who want to provide a plant-based learning environment for children without hefty tuition fees.

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King Charter School Wants to Be the First Vegan Public School in the World

While there are many plant-based schools popping up around the globe, they can charge sometimes unaffordable tuition fees. The King Charter School board members are working on an application to open the first 100% plant-based public school.

A charter school is a public school that is funded by local, state, and federal tax dollars. Upon approval of the application, board members are given permission to open a public school that will provide free education for children.

King Charter School wants to provide children with an all plant-based cafeteria and is currently working with lawyers to get cow’s milk mandate changed by USDA or to raise funds to avoid taking USDA federal reimbursement. Beyond providing vegan meals for the children, King will provide plant-based nutrition classes and their curriculum will be vegan-friendly, even down to the imagery in their lessons. The school will teach the curriculum in three languages in an effort to include all children in their region; English, Spanish, and Mandarin.

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Maria Solanki, who works with the King Charter School explains the concept, “for parents of young children, you may recall seeing animal exploitation even in simple phonics books such as having your child look at an image of a sunny-side-up egg with an arrow pointing to the yolk and having them to learn the ‘y’ sound to fill in the blank. Or perhaps the story of the happy farmer collecting milk and eggs from all the animals. All these attempts of indoctrinating our children will be exempted from our curriculum. Math problems will only be plant-based, science, social studies, and learning about Thanksgiving and what we are thankful for will not include bizarre animal songs of the turkey trying to run away.”

King Charter School hopes to pave the way for other like-minded schools across the country. If their charter application is approved, it opens the door for other schools to begin the application process.

The vegan school believes that unless you start with the children, you’ve already lost the battle of spreading awareness to all about the ethical, environmental, and health benefits of a plant-based diet.

Their application will be submitted by February 1st, 2019. For the application to be approved, King Charter School must raise $350 thousand dollars. If you would like to help King become the first vegan public school, please visit their gofundme page. You can also sign their petition here.

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