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Mrs. Wiser from Saint George UT is requesting materials related to food, clothing & hygiene through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Structure Through Creative Cooking

Help me give my students an outlet to practice appropriate conversations, teamwork, and creative thinking, through culinary art techniques.

  • $956 goal

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My Students

I have a class of 10 students, ages 12-13 years, who lack emotional and social skills in appropriate situations and need intentional instruction to learn these basic communication skills. Each student was specifically selected by administrators and school counselors to attend a class to help them more fully develop social skills and to provide opportunities in leadership through service learning. A student led project completed earlier this year showed how gifted these overlooked students really are. These students created a cardboard arcade with a prize counter. They invited our special needs students to come and play their arcade games and gave out tickets and prizes to winners. Each of my students expressed how fun it was to see the excitement others had over something they created. This was empowering.

These students lack several skills when talking to their peers or adults.

COVID-19 has disrupted crucial family time where appropriate conversation is developed. Many of my students' parents are not physically or emotionally available to help them learn to converse in a small group setting about topics that are acceptable and where listening is required to continue the natural flow of dialogue.

My Project

Many of my students have expressed their desire to learn more about cooking and to share culinary creations with others in class.

Due to COVID-19, family structure and routine has been disrupted.

These 10 students have seen an increase in stress and anxiety within their home environment, and a decrease in parental attention and engagement. Taking time during the class hour to cook, we can work together to create culinary art, converse spontaneously and appropriately, and cultivate healthy relationships. This safe space in the classroom will provide natural opportunities to attend to social-emotional needs in a structured, but relaxed atmosphere. This is a student led and project-based-learning activity. Students asked for this project and my class needs cooking equipment.

The requested kitchenware and tools will allow students to continue to have project-based learning. The table settings will enable students to learn and practice social skills of speaking and listening in a small groups. The dishtowels and rack provided for clean-up give students the accomplishment of seeing a task completed from beginning to end. Students are expected to cleanup and care for all used items. The tote will be used to transport and store kitchenware and tools. The routines and motions of cooking, eating, and cleaning together will cultivate a sense of comfort and accomplishment.

Mrs. Wiser
Grades 6-8

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Corelle Service for 6, Chip Resistant, Winter Frost White Dinnerware Set, 18-Piece • Amazon Business $53.77 2 $107.54
Oster Pro 1200 Blender with Professional Tritan Jar and Food Processor attachment, Metallic Grey • Amazon Business $99.99 1 $99.99
Elite Gourmet Countertop Coiled, Electric Hot Burner, Temperature Controls, Power Indicator Lights, Easy to Clean, Single, Black • Amazon Business $19.87 3 $59.61
4 Pieces Silicone Nonstick Mixing and Slotted Spoons Set, Large Silicone Serving Slotted Spoon Nonstick Heat Resistant Spoons for Kitchen Baking Stirring Draining Tools (Red, Black) • Amazon Business $16.99 3 $50.97
Copper Nonstick Ceramic Frying Pan with lid – 8-inch Egg Cooking Pan with tamper glass lid • Amazon Business $24.99 2 $49.98
Gorilla Grip Reversible, Oversized, Thick Cutting Board Set of 3, Easy Grip Handle, Deep Juice Grooves, Slip Resistant, Large Kitchen Chopping Boards for Meat, Veggies, Fruits, Dishwasher Safe, Black • Amazon Business $23.89 2 $47.78
Culinary Depot Victorinox Swiss Stainless Steel Paring Knife 3.25 Inch Serrated Blade, Spear Pointy (Set of 4) Green, Orange, Pink and Yellow Utility Knife Set • Amazon Business $23.76 2 $47.52
OXO Good Grips 3 Piece Silicone Spatula Set • Amazon Business $20.72 2 $41.44
OXO Good Grips Silicone Everyday Flexible Turner • Amazon Business $12.95 3 $38.85
Ecolution Stock Pot with Vented Tempered Glass Lid Stainless Steel, 8-Quart • Amazon Business $29.99 1 $29.99
OXO Good Grips Swivel Peeler • Amazon Business $9.73 3 $29.19
12 Pack Bib Apron - Unisex Apron Bulk Machine Washable for Kitchen Crafting BBQ Drawing Outdoors By Green Lifestyle (Pack of 12, Royal Blue)…… • Amazon Business $25.50 1 $25.50
Large Clear Condiment Server Organizer on Ice with Containers and Lid – Serving Bar Compartments Hold 20 oz Portion and Plastic Box Tray are BPA Free – Chilled Caddy Dispenser Set Holds 10 Cups • Amazon Business $21.99 1 $21.99
Cafe Break-Resistant Plastic 20oz Restaurant-Quality Beverage Tumblers | Set of 16 in 4 Assorted Colors. • Amazon Business $20.99 1 $20.99
Simple Houseware 2-Tier Dish Rack with Drainboard, Chrome • Amazon Business $19.97 1 $19.97
Large Utility Tote Bag, Reusable Grocery Bags Collapsible Tote, Large Tote Bag With Handles Utility Tote Shopping Bags for Groceries, Storage, Picnic, Beach, Pool (Black) • Amazon Business $19.79 1 $19.79
Pyrex Glass Mixing Bowl Set (3-Piece Set, Nesting, Microwave and Dishwasher Safe) • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
RCP2951ARWHTCT - Microban Dishpan • Amazon Business $7.99 2 $15.98
Zulay Kitchen Professional Cheese Grater Stainless Steel - Durable Rust-Proof Metal Lemon Zester Grater With Handle - Flat Handheld Grater For Cheese, Chocolate, Spices, And More - Black • Amazon Business $6.97 2 $13.94
Sticky Toffee Cotton Terry Kitchen Dishcloth Towels, Reusable and Absorbent Cleaning Cloths, 8 Pack, 12 in x 12 in, Dark Blue Stripe • Amazon Business $12.74 1 $12.74

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