The Southeast High School Career Connections class received a $500 donation from the Cherokee County Commissioners to go towards their monthly “Take Home Meal Project”. The donation was presented to teacher Janet Holden from County Commissioner Pat Collins. Mrs. Holden commented, “We have been amazed and humbled by the generous support from the community. We began with just over 30 orders our first month and then in December, sold nearly 70! The students are learning so many applicable life skills in addition to the culinary skills – planning and preparation, teamwork, time management, customer service, and much more through this project.”
The “Career Connections” class is the capstone course for the Family & Consumer Sciences pathway. Being an application-level class, students are expected to apply their knowledge gained from their previous FACS courses in a job-simulation, work-study, or internship setting (much like our Lancer Latte/Spirit Shack for the Business students). Because of our rural setting and lack of available workplaces and time in our schedule, the students have created their own “mock business”. Each month, these students select a meal, make a practice batch to make sure it freezes and re-heats well, take pre-orders, prepare a shopping list, create nutrition facts and recipe sheets, and then set a “pick up” date for the community members who have pre-ordered to pick up their meals. This began in September and will continue each month through the school year. Meals are $15 each and serve 4-6 people.
According to Mrs. Holden the commissioner’s donation will be used to purchase a new cookstove, and if there is any leftover – some new towels and aprons for the classroom.
**January’s meal is Chicken Tortilla Soup with cookies, and the order deadline is 1/19.