On a school field trip to learn about cooking, a dozen Heritage Academy pupils trekked through the kitchen at Very Vera after watching a film on how the catering business was started.
The third- and fourth-graders excitedly helped combine ingredients to make cupcake batter. Each then took a turn scooping the mix into a cupcake pan before placing it in an oven.
While waiting for the cupcakes to finish baking so they could apply icing, the pupils sat around a table where store owner Vera Stewart taught them to fold napkins.
"It was great how (the film) showed us the business, how Vera's mother and grandmother showed her how to cook cakes," said fourth-grader Christian Bailey, 10. "And it was great to come here and cook cupcakes."
The end-of-the-school-year trip was planned as a different type of learning opportunity for the children, said Helen Morgan, the volunteer coordinator for Heritage Academy.
"I thought it would be a fun outing for the kids. Some have cooked, some haven't," Mrs. Morgan said. "I thought it'd be educational to see how Vera runs the business. There's a lot of math, and it's a good hands-on experience."
Teachers Mohandas Martin and Jan Hitchcock watched Ms. Stewart do three napkin-folding demonstrations and then helped pupils make the patterns. The pupils drew and colored designs on their final napkin creation, which was in the shape of a rabbit.
"I liked making cupcakes and folding napkins the best," said 9-year-old L.J. Lee, a third-grader.
Pamela Bradley, 10, said she learned more about how to cook.
"I learned how to fold napkins, to cook, and a lot about how they work at this place," the fourth-grader said.
Heritage Academy is a school for at-risk youths started by Phin and Jan Hitchcock about five years ago. The school is housed in the old Curtis Baptist High School campus across from Lake Olmstead and has classes for kindergarten through fourth grade.
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