Parkland School Division students meet for Kids Can Cook

The 2nd-annual Kids Can Cook celebration took place on Friday.

Students from Parkland School Division met at Heritage Park on Friday for the 2nd-annual Kids Can Cook competition.

The school division's Green Growing Initiatives organized the event, which saw 84 students and their mentors divided into 12 teams, as they worked to create and cook recipes featuring ingredients grown by local schools.

Coordinator Leanne Weatherald says this program is about teaching students the importance of where their food comes from.

“Our objective was to make sure kids understood the whole seed-to-table journey, so that they can plant something, watch it grow and take care of it. And when it comes to maturity, they can harvest, cook, then eat it,” she said.

She says the event also gives kids that may not be involved in other activities like sports or arts a chance to shine at something they enjoy.

The evening wrapped-up with a catered dinner, along with the opportunity for the roughly 400 guests to sample some of the students' creations.

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