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Irish Proverb

"Laughter is the brightest where the food is the best."
Valley School prioritizes nutrition through wholesome, home-cooked meals. Whenever possible, we source our food from regional organic farmers and vendors in order to obtain the freshest and highest-quality vegetables and fruits. Students enjoy local organic milk, eggs, chicken, grass-fed beef, and a daily salad bar. Foods are prepared healthfully, too. Most sauces, salad dressings, and marinades are homemade. No foods are deep-fried, ever.

However, nutrition is only one of the reasons lunch is such an important part of the Valley School day. The dining hall is a space in which social education happens, and we see lunch as a time that we can work consciously to reinforce our Valley Core Values, and maintain our environment of emotional support and health. It’s when the whole Valley School family comes together to spend time talking, laughing, and taking pleasure in one another’s company. Students help out by setting and clearing the tables. They dine in mixed-age groups, so they get to know children from different grades. Every day, faculty members sit alongside our students, and meals are served family-style. In this way, the dining room serves as a classroom where children enjoy themselves while learning about good manners, etiquette, social graces, and conversation skills. 

Everyone knows that food is only one of the important elements that makes a great meal. At Valley School, we’re fortunate that our lunches are excellent food and more—quality time, shared experiences, and celebration of our school community.
At Valley School, children’s safety is paramount. We work with many students with food allergies and sensitivities. Both in the dining room and when they travel on field trips, our Director of Food Services coordinates meals for children with restrictions, thus ensuring their safety wherever they dine. 


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    Sharon Snyder 

    Director of Food Services

Valley School of Ligonier

Address: 153 Lupine Lane, Rector PA 15677
Mail: PO Box 616 Ligonier, PA 15658
Phone: (724) 238-6652  Fax: (724) 238-6838
In an environment that is safe, challenging, nurturing, and disciplined, Valley School provides a balanced and strong program of study for a diverse group of children. Our goal is to stimulate in each young person lifelong habits of moral behavior, seeking wisdom, and doing good works for others.
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