BY Elizabeth Andac
Eddy Elementary School
I would like to apply for your educational mini grant to fund my after
school enrichment club. This marks the sixth year that I have organized the
Eddy Elementary Culinary Club serving grades 3,4 and 5. You have
generously funded the club for four of those years. My main goal is to
introduce children to the basics of cooking. Each marking period 12
students put on an apron and follow me into the kitchen to learn the basics
of reading a recipe, measuring, mixing and baking. Students choose a
partner and get underway. With six sets of partners measuring a variety of
ingredients you can only imagine the disparity in the final product! But I
have found a way around the too soupy and too stiff batters…..I combine
them all and the final product, almost always, comes out perfectly. Well
there was that time that a student measured a CUP of salt instead of a
TEASPOON of salt but that’s a story for another day. While my main
objective is to introduce students to cooking, I am even more excited with
the less tangible benefits. I’m talking about cooperation, teamwork, problem
solving and responsibility.
How will the project be evaluated (e.g. how will you gauge its success)
I proclaim Culinary Club a success when I hear students run up to
their parents at the end of Club and say,” You’ll never believe what we
made!” or “I cracked an egg and didn’t get any shell in the bowl!”. Small
things for sure but still heartwarming. Or when applications for clubs go
home on a Monday and by Tuesday I have the principal’s secretary
begging me to come and take the stack of 60-70 applications back to my
classroom and choose the lucky 12 for that term.
Another aspect of Culinary Club is what we do with our goodies that
we make. Once a month I take our treat to a homeless shelter in Hyannis.
The other weeks the students walk around the school the next morning and
sell their creations to the teachers. At any given time in a school 80% of the
staff are on diets but amazingly there isn’t a single crumb left on the smiling
student’s trays. It takes a certain finesse to sell someone a double
chocolate brownie at 7 am!
Benefit to the students and the school
The funds from the grant allow me to purchase everything I need
each week as well as a healthy snack for the participants. Even though we
sell our treats to the staff, it is at minimal cost and never enough to cover
the cost of the ingredients.
Timeline of Project (when will you do the project, if applicable)
This club means a lot to the school, the students, the parents and
most importantly to me. I ask for your support in the form of your
educational mini grant. You will make a lot of people very happy!