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Lockport elementary school students learn the tricks and tools of the kitchen

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Posted at 6:18 AM, Oct 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-31 06:18:05-04

LOCKPORT, N.Y. (WKBW) — Family meal night is heating up in the Lockport School District.

Roy B. Elementary School is giving its students a chance for some hands-on learning on healthy eating. It's part of an after-school program called "The Kids Cook Monday."

The school partnered with the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Niagara County and Eat Smart New York for the program.

Families gathered this Monday in the lunchroom where they first decorated their own chefs hats! Then nutrition educator and Farm to School Coordinator Mollie McDonough gave a lesson on the importance of healthy eating.

Then it turned to the food! Nicholas Dowd, Head Chef at Village Eatery, gave a demonstration on how to make pumpkin ricotta stuffed shells. Students and their parents learned how to roast local pumpkins, stuff the shells and prepare a salad.

The program also allows students to vote on new school lunch menu items.

Last spring, the Roy B. Kelley PTA was awarded a $500 grant from Blue Cross Blue Shield to implement The Kids Cook Monday program. The funds were used to purchase culinary tool kits for the students. Those tool kits will also be available for teachers to use in the classroom.

The next class will be held on Monday, November 21st.