Friday, October 4, 2019

Kids Cook Monday



The Roy B. Kelley PTA is excited to offer you the opportunity to participate in an exciting new program we are offering at our school – The Kids Cook Monday! The Kids Cook Monday is a free program designed to encourage healthy eating and family dinners. Family pairs (one child, one adult) will come together in the Roy B. Kelley cafeteria to prepare a healthy meal together. Families are introduced to the concept of “Kids Cook Monday”, family meals, and healthy recipes through taste tests and hands on education provided by Mollie McDonough, nutrition educator with Eat Smart NY

Mollie McDonough will lead the program with support from the Roy B. Kelley PTA and guest chefs from the Lockport area. We will also need volunteers (from within the adults participating, or other adults) to help with set up, clean up, and to help lead the groups during the event. Families will gather together immediately after school and begin decorating their own paper chef hats to wear during the event. After a brief overview of food safety and insight into the nutrition of the recipes, the kids will begin preparing that evening’s recipe. In addition to helping prepare the food, the program emphasizes the importance of helping with all tasks that go into having a family meal, including setting the table, making pitchers of fruit-infused water, and ensuring that everyone helps to clean up afterward. Meals are served family-style, which encourages self-selection among young ones, which studies show can lead to kids being more likely to try new foods. There will also be conversation starters on the table to help foster communication.

The “Kids Cook Monday” concept is part of a national initiative to encourage families to set aside the first night of every week for cooking and eating together as a family. When kids participate in making meals, they are much more likely to try new foods. Research suggests that kids who eat family dinners get better grades in school, develop better communication skills, and are less likely to be obese or try drugs. Giving kids the opportunity to participate in the kitchen also reinforces literacy, basic math skills, and teamwork. More information is available on their website at https://www.thekidscookmonday.org/ Please feel free to contact Mollie McDonough, Eat Smart New York Nutrition Educator at 433-8839 or at mm2889@cornell.edu for more information about The Kids Cook Monday program.

If you are interested in participating, please click here and fill out the attached sign-up form and have your child return it to their teacher. One parent (or other adult family member) is required to participate per each student participating (a pair). Children will not be able to participate unless an adult is present

There will be four events throughout the year, beginning Monday, October 21, 2019. (The second event will be November 18th.) Events will start directly after school at 3:45pm and last until 5:30pm (or earlier). Children will not go directly to the cafeteria. Children must be picked up at regular school dismissal and then families can enter at the cafeteria doors.

Space is limited. Those families who sign up for the program and but will not fit in the first event will be offered first chance to sign up for the second event, and so forth.

Thank you to Mollie McDonough and RBK PTA Vice President Jocelyn Welton for coordinating this event and BlueCross BlueSheild and Lockport Optimist Club for sponsoring it! We appreciate all of your support!