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Cooking Club

By
Pamela Hardy,   Frank M. Golson Elementary School
Play:
Meet Your Inner Chef
Topics:
Cooking Club

F. M. Golson Elementary has implemented the performing arts at our school of almost 800 children in K-2nd. We believe in positive behavior and want to support the children by motivating them to earn clubs each week. The children earn tickets each day by obeying the rules, doing their job as a student, and being a positive role model. On Friday, the child attends the club of their choice for nine weeks. The clubs consist of Cooking, Dance, Musical Instruments, Art, Basketball, and Kickball. In cooking, we are teaching them how to read recipes, cooking vocabulary, how to cook, and how to eat healthy. The children are meeting their inner chef. They experience first hand how to put on a chef's hat and become a creator of things they can eat. The students know that they must know how to read in order to be able to eat. We have lots of movement in the club and physical activity. We compile the recipes into a cookbook by the end of the nine weeks. The students love cooking so much that they go home and teach their parents how to cook the recipe after they go to the store for the ingredients. It has been a huge success!

What improvements have you seen at your school?

The improvements that we have seen at the school are the decrease in referrals. Our students are motivated to earn enough tickets to attend the club on Friday, and behavior Monday - Thursday is positive.

What challenges did you face and how did you overcome them?

The challenges we face are the finances needed to run the clubs. The cooking supplies cost $40 a week. PTO has offered to help. The parents are behind the clubs so they are working at fundraisers to meet the needs.

How do you plan to make this Play last during the school year and beyond?

We plan to make this Play last during the school year and every year after. It has been a huge success and the children are motivated. We plan on applying for this grant and others to help support the performing arts clubs.