Blue Ridge High School students
are Cooking in the Classroom,
and cleaning up, too!
Tracy Jackson's 'Cooking in the Classroom' students recently prepared a meal
of Pork Tenderloin, Green Beans, Mashed Potatoes, Rolls and Dessert.
Pictures below show the students hard at work preparing the meal, enjoying
the fruits of their labor and clearing and cleaning their dishes.
Tracy Jackson, a teacher at Blue Ridge High School, was awarded a $1,200 grant in January to assist with her "Cooking in the Classroom" program.
She wrote to tell us that she took her students on their first trip to the grocery store recently to buy supplies for the next cooking lesson.
The students were divided into groups and each group had an index card with the list of groceries they were to choose, picking the best value for the price. Jackson, her partner teacher and a paraprofessional helped the students make the best selections.
The menu for the meals:
Meal No. 1: Vegetable soup, grilled cheese sandwiches, cornbread, and peach
Meal No. 2: Pork Tenderloin, green beans, mashed potatoes, rolls and
The students also bought plates, cups, napkins, forks, spoons, baggies and aluminum foil.
"We only spent $203 today, which is a great price for 20 students, and they learned something and had fun at the same time!" Jackson said.
In awarding the grant, the board was impressed with Jackson's "Cooking in the Classroom"
program, especially because the class teaches comparative shopping, writing and learning recipes, cooking and organizing. The board was very impressed that the students also were taught to clean up after the meal.