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Something's cooking after school

Course teaches kitchen skills to Stevenson Elementary students

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Second-grader Samantha Reichert (right), 7, gets some help from after-school program Director Colleen Adkinson while making French-bread pizza with Bella Rish, 7, during the Cooking with Kids program. The first installment of the four-week course was held Jan. 15 at Stevenson Elementary School.

Students in the after-school child-care program at Stevenson Elementary School may bring home work their parents will want to put in the refrigerator instead of on the refrigerator door.

The Cooking with Kids program is one of several enrichment activities the child-care program is offering this semester.

"We try to provide a number of enrichment programs for our students each semester and over the summer," program Director Colleen Adkinson said. "We're trying to expose them to activities and skills they don't get to try as part of the regular school day."

The enrichment programs are in addition to the regular after-school child-care program, and parents must sign their children up for the programs, she said.

In the four-week cooking program, youngsters will get to make their own dishes to bring home.

In the first class, held Jan. 15, students learned how to make French-bread pizza. In later sessions, they will make chicken quesadillas, stuffed shells and turkey burgers.

"We've tried to come up with healthy, fun foods that kids like to eat," Adkinson said. "I think they take special pleasure in being able eat something they make themselves."

Students will learn about the food pyramid, health and nutrition, and how measurements are used in recipes, she said. They also will write out the recipes for the dishes they prepare.

"We include some educational components along with the activities," Adkinson said.

Other enrichment programs this semester include karate, with an instructor from the Jay T Will Karate School; basketball with High Five Hoops; yoga; and fencing.

"Some of the programs are led by local businesses and some by our staff," Adkinson said.

Anyone who has an idea or would be interested in teaching an enrichment program may call Adkinson at 614-485-4040 or email her at colleen.