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Assemblywoman Woerner Picks Up Dinner Prepared by Culinary Students
Friday, October 02, 2015
Chef Instructor Maureen Clancy's culinary class at the F. Donald Myers Center in Saratoga Springs prepared a spaghetti dinner that Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner (D-Round Lake) and her District Director, Amanda Seres, picked up on Friday, October 2 to deliver to the Centenary United Methodist Church in Greenwich for its Free First Friday dinner.
Free First Fridays is a community dinner served on the first Friday of each month from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the church located at 1 Gray Avenue in Greenwich. The church has been providing these meals for the last few years. Attendees enjoy a free meal prepared by various people in the community. The monthly servers are also from community groups.
Assemblywoman Woerner heard about the church’s efforts and that the culinary students often help prepare a portion of the meal and wanted to connect the two by serving what the students’ had prepared. When she stopped by the Myers Center to pick up the food, the assemblywoman spoke to the students about how she enjoys cooking and how culinary skills are lifelong and valuable skills.
Ms. Seres was also familiar with this community service project that the students at the Myers Center were involved in because she was an intern in the WSWHE BOCES’ GED class under the direction of Maureen Forsyth and Michele Maddalla.
Chef Clancy explained that this is the second year that her students have worked with the church. At first, the church was wondering what it would take to provide a community dinner and Chef Clancy translated that into a class project for her students. Students determined how much food is needed and used their math skills to calculate what the costs were. Plus, it’s a lesson in local government as the students learned about the role of an assemblywoman.
The dinner preparation was a community service project for Key Club and SkillsUSA students. “I tell the kids it’s a good opportunity to volunteer and to give back to the community,” said Chef Clancy. “It’s their civic responsibility. They can make a difference. Every person counts.”