Cooking Right Classes (circa 2008)

With success of the Food Talk Project, and the resulting posters created by students interviewing community members about their history and relationship to food, a new learning opportunity was born at O. Perry Walker College & Career Preparatory High School and Community Center.

Teacher Sheryl Eaglin, and Principal Mary Laurie of O. Perry Walker encouraged the students and welcomed the participating community members into this creative and powerful learning experience. From their work on the Food Talk Project, students expressed that they wanted to learn how to cook and grow food.

As a result, O. Perry Walker offered the “Cooking Right” class that teaches techniques for smart shopping, growing food, and preparing healthful meals. Container gardens were installed at the school, and students tended to the vegetables as they grew. Peers and elders in the community came to the classroom and taught students how to prepare the meals (like gumbo and other local favorites), and shared recipes that students could use at home and with friends.

The “Cooking Right” elective was one of the the school’s most popular elective offered in the Spring semester!

Posted in Archive, Food Policy & Advocacy

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