Students in grade 5/6 and grade 1/2 at General Vanier School have started training as chefs. Students recently went to the Bistro in the Park Café run by students at Windsor Park Collegiate to train with a Red Seal Chef, Chef Michael and his staff. They created special recipes for students to follow and learned how to create a homemade lasagna, garlic breadstick and Caesar salad. These students have now become peer leaders at General Vanier School as they teach what they have learned for their classmates, canteen staff and helpers. Thanks to funds received from Manitoba Association of Multi-Age Educators (MAME) through their special funds grant, the school was able to purchase ingredients to roll out this new menu option for our school community. On the first day, over 70 homemade orders were served hot and ready out of our new Stingray Café for students as they walked in from lunch recess. Recently, further funds provided from MAME allowed General Vanier to purchase the necessary equipment to help sustain and advance this special project. The canteen will now be serving fresh chilli and bannock along with homemade chicken pot pies and mashed potatoes with gravy over the following months. From a new logo and chef jackets to a completely new menu which now offers nutritious meals made in-house, our school community is thriving thanks to the support from MAME and Windsor Park Collegiate.
By: Thaddeus Bourassa, Grade 5/6 Teacher, General Vanier School, Winnipeg, MB.