”I think Cooking with Kids really helps add something different to the school and makes a positive impact on the whole school community.Kindergarten teacherSweeney Elementary School, Santa Fe, NM
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”I like to come and cook with my son. I like to spend time with him, see that he is interested in learning how to cook new things, and see the teachers' interest in teaching the children more about healthy eating.Parent, César Chávez Community SchoolSanta Fe, New Mexico
Families and Schools
Bringing families together.
Cooking classes provide a non-intimidating environment where family volunteers feel they can contribute with their knowledge of food, cooking, and a desire to help their child.
Supporting school community.
Cooking with Kids classes are welcoming opportunities for parents and family members to be a part of school community. Principals report that Cooking with Kids programs bring in more volunteers than other programs associated with the school.
Creating a classroom-to-kitchen bridge.
New foods take time. Positive, hands-on experience with new, healthy foods during the school day supports healthy eating efforts at home.
Invite a chef to a class.
Consider inviting a local chef to help out with a cooking class or to demonstrate a simple recipe.
Invite a farmer to a class.
Local farmers are wonderful guest stars in cooking or tasting classes! Here in Northern New Mexico the chilly winter months allow farmers a bit more time to visit schools.