Cook It Up
If you haven’t done so already, it is ideal to get together a group of interested people from the school community (e.g. students, staff, parents/guardians/caregivers and other community members) to work on this badge. Be sure to engage the entire school community and provide opportunities for input as the work progresses. This will help increase buy-in from your school community.
Learning to prepare food builds self-esteem, confidence and a sense of achievement while developing valuable life skills. Students who learn to prepare foods are more likely to try new foods, eat better and be more confident in the kitchen, now and in the future.
Are students already cooking at school (e.g. during class time, after-school programs, special events, cooking clubs, etc.)? If yes, what is working well and what can be improved? If not, is there interest and opportunity? Are there mentors in their school community that want to teach cooking skills? What types of cooking skills are students interested in?
Use the information under Learn More, Helpful Tools and Activities, and Badge Inspiration to create a plan that works for your school community. Involve all key stakeholders and have fun completing your plan.
How did it go? Did the school community participate? What worked and what didn’t? Would you do things differently next time? Celebrate! You should be proud of your efforts to boost nutrition at your school!
How can you keep students cooking? If you haven’t already, you may want to consider an ongoing healthy school committee. You may also want to consider developing school guidelines or policies for lasting change.