The Newton School and a food bank collaborated to make it possible to have fourth graders find out that cooking matters. Actually, the name of the program is Cooking Matters, and it is a six week class in food preparation, nutrition, and creativity.
The students showed off their skills at the end of the program by preparing a dinner of Shepherd’s Pie for their parents. At the event, they had a graduation ceremony, where they received a certificate of achievement, a cookbook, and an apron.
“It was absolutely incredible,” said teacher Jami Witherell. She said her students looked forward to the cooking lessons each week, starting with a lesson in quesadilla-craft. “I got to sit back and watch them use the skills that I teach them in a more academic setting in a real-life setting,” she said. “I’m teaching fractions right now, and one of them stopped and said ‘Wait, like if you use a measuring cup?’ It’s a practical application.”