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Assistance League of Bend Serving Deschutes CountyAssistance League of Bend
P.O. Box 115
Bend, OR 97709-0115

Ph:  (541) 389-2075

These Kids are Cookin'  

These Kids are Cookin’ is a series of complimentary cooking classes presented at two elementary schools in Bend. Held after school hours and targeting kids in the fourth and fifth grades, each class consists of ten participants recommended for the program by school personnel. Four sessions a year are offered at each school with four 90-minute classes per session.

With a primary goal of promoting healthy eating, Assistance League volunteers cover lessons each session in knife safety, nutrition, cooking techniques, measurement and manners. The very eager students are assisted in cutting vegetables, cooking on a stove and assembling their meals. After the food is prepared, the kids enjoy eating what they have made.

At the end of the session, each student leaves the class with a cookbook full of kid-friendly recipes for such things as our famous Fuzzy Caterpillars and Crunchy Chicken Tenders.

All of the recipes that the students have prepared in the class are contained in their own personal cookbook.

These Kids Are Cookin’ is a cooking class for children in some of the Title I-A schools chosen by the chairman. It is a 4-week class that is offered twice in each school. It is an after school program for 4th and 5th grade students. The students are taught measuring, nutrition, how to read labels, manners, how to set a table, knife skills and other valuable information that they might not receive at home. During the 4-week course, members and community volunteers that have been cleared by the school district show the children how to cook a breakfast, a lunch, healthy snacks and a dinner. At the last session, the children invite their teachers and principal to attend to show off their skills. They take home a cook book with the lessons and the recipes they prepared and an apron and chef hat that they decorated with fabric pens. It has been offered at Juniper, Bear Creek Elementary and other elementary schools in the past. Currently, there are two sessions at Ensworth Elementary in Bend and two sessions at M.A. Lynch Elementary in Redmond. The class is about three hours long once a week and there are 10 students in each class.