Cookbook offers taste of students' creativity


January 14, 2002|By Lisa Breslin | Lisa Breslin,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

THE CARROLL SPRINGS School community has created a cookbook that satisfies the heart and soul as well as discerning tastes.

Its 96 pages contain recipes for appetizers, breads, casseroles, desserts, main dishes, salads and soups. Each page also has a dash of humor, and each recipe offers a unique look into the students' world.

Carroll Springs is a special education school with 33 students and a staff of multidisciplined teachers and specialists. Communication throughout the school often is guided by pictures, so each recipe in the cookbook offers pictures of key ingredients.

Success at Carroll Springs is fueled by hard work and humor, and the cookbook reflects these traits, too.

A recipe for the school is on Page 5, and key ingredients include: "one seasoned administrator, one diced office manager, 33 bubbly students, a handful of spicy students, two ripe nurses, one fresh motor specialist, one marinated speech therapist, one pre-made clerical assistant ... "

This cookbook is a collaborative effort of Donna Schaefers; the school's speech pathologist, Patricia Esposito; a vision specialist; and the responses and input from the school's staff, students, parents and caregivers.

Each copy has a different title and cover, created for or by each student, teacher, staff member or administrator. Erika's Eats and Cody's Creations look different than Illissa's Simply Irresistible Cookbook, but they all have the same easy-to-follow recipes.

Students took the cookbooks home for the holiday break as a gift, as their labor of love.

"This project was tough, but so rewarding," said Schaefers. "Every student helped - even if they just placed their hand on a teacher's hand while the book was collated, or they helped cook or taste one recipe that was made in class, the students participated. And I think that this is a project that they brought home that will be cherished."

Cookbooks are available for $7.50, and profits from sales will go toward school equipment. Information: 410-751-3620.

Service learning projects

Using scraps of materials and service learning hours, West Middle School eighth-graders recently shipped five boxes of pillows, stuffed animals and cards to a charity that is helping families affected by the terrorist attacks Sept. 11.

Pupils also are creating blankets and fabric ABC books for local charities, or they are designing advocacy posters that warn about the hazards of smoking and the importance of sports. The hub of all this activity is their Family and Consumer Science class taught by Marian Witiak.

"Hopefully these projects will help someone feel better," said Cynthia Slemaker as she picked up a bear that needed eyes, a nose and tighter seams.

On a sewing machine nearby, Ricky Samples repaired an American flag that he hoped would end up in the school's cafeteria.

"I love to see students doing things that fit their interests," Witiak said. "And I hope that when others receive things these students have made, they will know that someone shares their pain."

Living treasure

If you have recently had one of those days when a simple gesture made a positive difference in your life, or someone has carried you through a tough time, consider honoring that friend as your Living Treasure.

Submit names to: Lisa Breslin, 35 Ridge Road, Westminster 21157, 410-848-4703.

Lisa Breslin's Central neighborhood column appears each Monday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

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