Culinary Students at the Southern Adirondack Education Center volunteered their time and culinary expertise to support the 2011 Special Olympic Fall Games. Over 75 students in the Culinary Arts, Career Connections, and Service Level Health and Human Services programs worked diligently the week prior to the festivities and prepared 1200 boxed lunches for the participating athletes and coaches.
Throughout the week the culinary classes also received support from other CTE programs too. Students from programs, like Health Occupations, Graphic Arts, and Early Childhood Education, stopped by and offered assistance, writing words of encouragement on the boxes the participants would receive.
Chef Charlie Jones explained, “We’ve been involved with the Regional Special Olympics in year’s past, so when the state competition came to our area, we wanted to do what we do best, and that’s preparing and providing food.”
On Friday, October 21, the culmination of preparing the lunches for delivery brought over 20 students into the classroom on their day off from school. Students were each tasked with various duties, from making sandwiches to placing apples and snacks in the lunches.
Tiana Wells of Hudson Falls explained, “I volunteer personally with the Special Olympics and this volunteer project allows us to help people that really need it,” she continued, “Everyone here today wants to help out.”
Each boxed lunch, which included a sandwich, apple, snack bar, macaroni salad, and condiments, was hand-packaged by the students and teachers, and delivered to five event locations, from the Adirondack Dome to Fort Ann.
In addition to the lunches prepared on campus, Saratoga Hospital generously donated the ten gluten-free meals requested for the event. A special thank you to the hospital for their support. This volunteer effort was also supported by the Southern Adirondack Education Center’s Key Club and SkillsUSA organization.