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Kids learn cooking skills, importance of nutrition

Published: Saturday, July 26, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT

ROCHELLE – The University of Illinois Ogle County Extension, Oregon Office, and Rochelle School District 231 teamed up to offer 4-H Food Smart Families Summer Cooking School as part of the Summer HUB project for students in third through fifth grades.

4-H members were recruited by 4-H staff to serve as “Teen Teachers” for the program. 

The teens went through three trainings with extension staff.  The first training was a review of program expectations and best practices for being a teen teacher. The second was a basic nutrition education and curriculum review. In the final training, the students did teach-backs with their fellow teachers and received feedback.  

Students were taught under the supervision of Sue Buntjer and Mary Beth Christen, both Illinois Nutritional Education Program educators; and Jordan Mingus, Megan Ackland, and Kaitlyn Ackland of Ogle County Clovers in Oregon; Nathan Keys and Jacob Myroth, of Hub Hickory Nuts in Rochelle; and Jacob Ebens and Johnathan Prose of Carefree Club in Oregon, all teen leaders.

Each day participants learned nutritional lessons on how to eat healthy snacks and meals. Kids created snacks while they learned math and reading skills, as they followed recipes and measured ingredients.

The program was made possible through a grant funded by ConAgra.

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