Unity Kids Have a Passion for Spices

Written by Deborah Marcus. Posted in Education, Field Trip, Health and Nutrition, Whole Child Education

by Jen Carcich

To extend the fun and enriching experience of the Lower School classes cooking soups in class as part of the PTO’s fundraiser, Souper Game Night, students from the 1/2, 2/3 and both 3/4 classes went on a trip to become mini-chefs!

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Each learning group traveled to a commercial kitchen in Summit where a diverse set of professional chefs from Passion for Spices taught the children how to make authentic, healthy, Mexican foods. Handmade tortillas, salsa, guacamole,grilled peppers, onions and a yummy vegetable called chayote were all on the menu. Students sliced, diced, mashed, mixed and grated everything! Mango/avocado ice was created for the children and was a semi-sweet way to end our meal. Every child was engaged and encouraged to try a bit of everything. Most children loved it so much they they had second helpings of their meal. Copies of each recipe went home with the children and they are excited to cook them at home.

Some quotes from participants:

Alicia Silvestri, Chaperone: ” My favorite part of the trip was to see the kids learn how to cut vegetables, make dough and shred cheese, I believe all these new skills will help them develop a healthy self-esteem, also how almost all dared to try foods that never tasted before, like “chayote”. This field trip was a great experience!!”

Greydon Carcich, Student: “My favorite part was making the guacamole. The food was awesome!”

Alexis Smock, Student:“My favorite part was when we made the tortillas. We flattened them.”

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About the Author

Jennifer Carcich is the 2/3 Grade Teacher and Sustainability Coordinator at Unity Charter School. This is her fifth year teaching at Unity Charter School. She is certified to teach both general education and special education students and has been in the teaching field since 1994. Jennifer takes pride in helping Unity Charter School and continuing to strengthen its unique and innovative approach to education and bring forth the school’s mission.

The opinions expressed by the author and those providing comments are theirs alone, and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Unity Charter School. Unity Charter School is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the author.