NEW YORK (AP) — In a story April 30 about a school with an all-vegetarian menu, The Associated Press, relying on information from the city Department of Education, erroneously reported on how students gain admission to the school. All the students at Queens' Public School 244 enter through a lottery; they are not accepted on the basis of geographic boundaries.
A corrected version of the story is below:
NYC elementary school adopts all-vegetarian menu
Public elementary school 1st in NYC to adopt all-vegetarian menu, offers kids tofu wraps
NEW YORK (AP) — A city public school is one of the first in the nation to adopt an all-vegetarian menu, school officials said Tuesday.
Public School 244, in the Flushing section of Queens, has been serving tofu wraps and vegetarian chili since going all-veggie earlier this year, schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott said during a lunchtime visit.
"I am proud of the students and staff for trailblazing this extraordinary path," Walcott said.
P.S. 244 opened in 2008 and houses just over 400 students in pre-kindergarten through third grade. The school, which wanted to offer the children healthy food options, started serving a vegetarian lunch three times a week and then increased it to four times a week before making the switch to an all-vegetarian menu every day. Since 2009, the school has partnered with the nonprofit New York Coalition for Healthy School Food to develop the healthy menus.
It is the city's first all-vegetarian public school.
"We discovered early on that our kids were gravitating toward our vegetarian offerings, and we kept expanding the program to meet the demand," principal Robert Groff said.
Tuesday's menu included black beans and cheddar quesadillas served with salsa and roasted potatoes.
A staff member at the animal-welfare group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals said he believes P.S. 244 may be the first all-vegetarian public elementary school in the nation.
"We think this is a really exciting development," said Ryan Huling, who coordinates PETA's work with colleges that serve vegetarian fare. "The school should be commended for providing students with low-fat, nutrient-packed brain food."