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Students cook for schoolmates
TEACHING LIFELONG skills is part of what’s behind having students prepare breakfast and lunch for their classmates in the school kitchen at Suwilaawks Community School.
“Feeding our students is a priority. Involving our kids in the process is essential,” says principal Pamela Kawinsky.
For example, students made bread from scratch as part of lunch last Wednesday, Jan. 30.
Plus the students make muffins each morning and learn easy, inexpensive recipes, says Kawinsky.
Students have been involved in many tasks in the kitchen, from delivering, to cleaning up and this year, they are fully involved.
“Kids always want to be part of the school community and are more than eager to support in a variety of roles,” says Kawinsky. “Being part of the big picture encourages involved students who know and care about their school community.”
It may be small groups of students or an entire class in the kitchen depending on what’s being prepared.
“Ultimately, we need to find ways to support our kids in learning to create inexpensive healthy snacks, breakfasts and lunches,” says Kawinsky.
And that comes with the help of Jenny Poulin and Judy Walker of Kalum Community School Society.
“[They] are two of the most creative and skilled healthy cookers ever,” says Kawinsky.
The school has a limited budget but community supporters help stretch the money unbelievably far, says Kawinsky.
“We make lunches based on sales and supplies,” she says, adding the school gets some grants, private donations and corporate donations.