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"Students Grill Bacon Cheeseburgers: A Job Well Done" By Dionne Davis, Teacher, Culinary Arts, WGMS
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Monday, October 01, 2018
West Gadsden Middle School Student: Future Grill-masters!
West Gadsden Middle School Student: Future Grill-masters!
West Gadsden Middle School Culinary Arts students learn grilling techniques and outdoor cooking safety on "National Kids Take Over the Kitchen Day," Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018. Lee Jackson, a WGMS parent and whose son is in the class and also an enthusiastic WGMS Panther Linebacker, volunteered and instructed 6th, 7th, and 8th graders on how to prepare fresh 6 oz. bacon cheeseburgers at a well done temperature of 160°F. A local Food Truck Vendor, Mr. Lee said, "I was happy to be a part of the kids' grilling experience; I'd never done anything like it before."
Thursday morning, Lucky's Market in Tallahassee prepared the all natural beef patty mixture with their in-house smoked bacon and a mild cheddar. The bacon cheeseburgers were dressed with an assortment of condiments, including Ranch Dressing, a special request by a few students. Potato chips, soda and punch were also available. Greensboro, Chattahoochee, and Quincy students, also enjoyed the area's hallmark Coca Cola. 
The Career and Technical Education Culinary Arts Program allows students to learn hands-on food safety best practices and overall food sanitation. “Career and Technical Education (CTE) not only teaches students specific employ-ability skill sets, it builds confidence. This is why there is increasing research indicating students enrolled in CTE coursework experience higher success rates in school overall.” explained Dr. Sylvia R. Jackson, GCPS Area Director Secondary Education, Adult Career and Technical Education. 
Students are prepared to take the ServSafe exam and earn the National Restaurant Association's ServSafe Certificate. The ServSafe Certificate is nationally recognized and is a precursor for working while in high school, college, or a beginning to a full-time career after high school graduation. WGMS's principal was pleased with the outcome, "Culinary Arts is a great CTE program to have on campus.
I’ve seen students benefit from the program by working at local fast food restaurants in town. The students at West Gadsden Middle were excited about having the opportunity to grill burgers; this experience provided them excellent hands-on knowledge. Most of all, it was a great teaching and learning experience for our students." Dr. Sonya Jackson stated.
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