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201-U Students Find Healthy Beginnings
Elementary students around the district are pulling out their mixing bowls and sharpening their culinary skills as part of the Uncle Ben’s Ben’s Beginner’s Cooking Contest. As part of a healthy lifestyle initiative, Uncle Ben is inspiring kids and their parents to cook together to establish healthy beginnings in life. Participants were to prepare their favorite kid-friendly rice dish then film a short video sharing their child’s enthusiasm for cooking. "As parents and school food service providers know all too well, finding healthy foods that children enjoy can be a challenge," said Beth Proctor, Director of Food Service. "The Ben’s Beginners program mission is to encourage parents and their children to cook together…to cook healthy meals." 

Several students at Crete Elementary and Coretta Scott King Magnet School were up to the challenge and helped their parents whip up some delicious recipes! After uploading their videos to Facebook, these culinary duos are now eligible to win $20,000 in cash, an appearance on the Rachael Ray Show, and a makeover for their school cafeteria valued at $50,000! It’s time to view our contestants and their recipe! (Videos can be viewed by visiting the Uncle Ben's page on Facebook.)

 caden Caden Ordanas
4th Grade - Crete Elementary

Entry: Caden and Uncle Ben's Date with a Fish

Why did you select this recipe?
Salmon and broccoli is my favorite dish. I find mixing sauces more tasty.

What do you like most about cooking?
What I like most about cooking is that it is a sport to me. It's the challenge of mixing and creating. I enjoy giving the food to people.
 Claira_thumb_thumb.jpg Claira Jones
4th grade - Coretta Scott King Magnet School

Entry: Cooking with Claira

Why did you select this recipe?
I love beans and rice and burritos. It’s a great quick and easy recipe.

What do you like about cooking?
It’s fun and I really like to sneak food while cooking.
 Destiny_thumb_thumb.jpg Destiny Palmer
1st grade - Coretta Scott King Magnet School

Entry: Lemon Garlic Shrimp and Uncle Ben’s Rice

Why did you select this recipe?
It is fun and I love shrimp.

What do you like about cooking?
I like cooking with my Dad.
 Simon_thumb_thumb.jpg Simon VanWhye
3rd Grade - Coretta Scott King Magnet School

Entry: Simon and Tina’s Spinach Rice Bowl

Why did you select this recipe?
Because it is fun and healthy.

What do you like most about cooking?
It’s fun, you get to eat what you make and I like cooking with my mom.

"While only four of our Crete-Monee families took the challenge, you can see just how much fun this was for everyone," said Ms. Proctor. Caden, Claira, Destiny, and Simon are asking for your help in making their videos number one! Please visit the Uncle Ben’s Facebook page and search the student’s name. Don’t forget that you can vote once a day through March 11!

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