Soup’s On!

Last week Thursday evening Jenison Junior High did more than serve soup to hungry parents and students; they took a few small steps to help change lives for the folks at God’s Kitchen.

Since 2004 the Junior High has used the Student Showcase & Soup Supper to raise over $7,500 to benefit the Grand Rapids’-based charity that provides hot meals to the Heartside District every day. In addition to the financial support, a can drive offered extra blessings to those relying on help to “fill their soup bowl.”

Mr. Greenwood, art and ceramics teacher, uses his ceramics class to sculpt bowls during each of his 9-weeks classes. This year he was able to collect 220 bowls that were purchased by JJHS diners, but with the great turnout, the handmade bowls sold out half-way through the event!

Gabbi Vachon, Mr. Cataldo, and Ally Douglass (L to R) serve soup together.

Students in Mrs. Williams Teen Leadership class graciously acted as “cooks in the kitchen” by serving the food.  The Teen Leadership class promotes servant leadership both in and out of class, teaching kids what it means to lead, how to do so, and how servant leadership can help society. This class is also responsible for the annual “Legacy Project” which aims to leave a mark on the junior high by doing something that will make school easier for the next incoming class.

Ally Douglass

I spent some time speaking with Ally Douglass, one of the members of the Teen Leadership class who was all smiles. She noted that, “Putting others before yourself for the good of others is what we spend a lot of time learning about. It’s a lot easier to understand others once you understand servant leadership because you consider the problem on its own before getting yourself involved.”

In addition to the supper, students had the opportunity to showcase their best work in every subject area throughout the building. Science Olympiad, the Photography Club, history classes, and several others had displays out for visiting parents and community members to see.

Mrs. Mervenne’s Cooking 101 class was eager to show off their culinary creations and share their delicious cookies and cakes.

The students in Cooking 101 not only learn how to make spaghetti, all varieties of eggs, breakfast foods, and fajitas, they also spend time discussing the proper way to set a table, take inventory of the kitchen, and properly clean up and sanitize a cooking space.

Students Shelby Nyboer, Camryn Bowman, and Allie Stob (pictured above L to R) are on a cooking team together and have loved the experience of working as a group and learning how to make good food together. Their work reminds us all that with a little teamwork and the willingness to create something sweet, great things can emerge!

Kudos to the junior high for their efforts to relieve local hunger and make a difference in the world outside their door. We are proud of you!

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