Kids in the Kitchen teaches life skills
by Anne Hart Preus
Aug 01, 2014 | 1814 views | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Laura Giaccaglia helps Marianna Fulcher prepare for Hawaiian pizza.
Laura Giaccaglia helps Marianna Fulcher prepare for Hawaiian pizza.
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Nineteen youngsters, ranging in age from 8 to 12, participated in the Bolivar County Extension Service’s Kids in the Kitchen workshop held this week.

The workshop ran from 9:30-12:30 each day at the Extension Service Building.

The workshops were led by Laura Giaccaglia, Extension Coordinator for Bolivar County, and covered topics such as how to read a recipe, how to measure, safety precautions, microwave tips and the importance of cleanliness in food preparation.

“I’ve been doing these workshops for 11 years in Bolivar County,” says Giaccaglia. “The response is always good.”

John Fulcher and Jahluny Wilder are two participants who were back for a second year. “I came back because I want to do more cooking,” says Wilder.

“It’s a fun thing to do,” says Fulcher.

For others like Marianna Fulcher, it is a first time cooking experience. “I like everything here. I learned how to measure,” says Fulcher.

The theme for the Wednesday workshop was Hawaiian Day and participants wore leis and had Hawaiian themed plates and napkins. Each group had a Hawaiian dish to prepare, such as Hawaiian meatballs, Hawaiian tuna sandwiches, Hawaiian pizza, and grilled Hawaiians.

Assisting with group activities were Laverne Woodruff, director of Nutritional Services at Bolivar Medical Center; Libba Mullins, a local volunteer; Mary Alyce Earnest, Quitman County Extension Coordinator; and Cordero Davis, a local volunteer.

Davis was in 4-H from seventh to 12th grade and was involved in all aspects including leadership, which resulted in his being selected to attend Citizenship Washington as a delegate from Bolivar County.

“4-H helped me learn to work in a team and exposed me to a diverse group. I wanted to be a part of 4-H because it was the only organization for youth at the time that was diversified. My mom took me to the programs and I got involved in modeling, ATV and leadership,” says Cordero.

During his years at East Side High School, Davis had leadership roles including student government president.

He went to West Virginia University and obtained a degree in mass communications and government.

He became certified to work overseas and went to China where he taught English in a boarding school.

“I wanted to help with this workshop,” says Davis. “I learned a lot from my days in 4-H. I am glad to help out.”

“I could tell early on,” says Giaccaglia, “Cordero would really do something in life.”

For Davis, participating in 4-H opened doors for an international experience and multiple leadership opportunities.

For the 19participants in the” Kids in the Kitchen” workshop, learning their way around the kitchen was an experience they will use throughout their lives.