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Extension service program helps expose kids to the kitchen

By Molly Haines

Owen County fifth-grade students are experiencing a taste of home this week.
Sponsored by the Owen County Cooperative Extension Service, Recipes for Life is in its third year, teaching students the importance of healthy-eating habits.
Throughout the week, one fifth-grade class spends its day at the Owen County Extension Office learning how to properly set a dinner table, prepare a meal and how to be safe in the kitchen.
Owen County Extension Agent for Family and Consumer Sciences Judy Hetterman said students submit their favorite recipe, and a menu for the day is selected from their recipes.
“Each group gets to prepare something,” Hetterman said. “A lot of families have ball games or something that keeps them busy during the evening and they aren’t eating at home a lot. Recipes for Life teaches the students how to safely do some things on their own in the kitchen.”
Melanie Swigert’s fifth-grade class prepared lasagna, tossed salad, fruit salad, deviled eggs, rolls, cookies and cream and banana pudding Tuesday.
Different stations are setup throughout the day, including how to safely use a knife and how to cut foods, the importance of good hand hygiene and portion control.
The extension office receives help from volunteers each day, including the Owen County Extension Homemakers and a Three Rivers District Health volunteer.