Short SummaryChristopher Pennington is a Learning Disabilities teacher and teaches Employment and Independent Living at Edison High School in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He provides hands-on learning experiences for his students to prepare them for the real world, whether that means learning job skills or practical life skills. His program is currently focused on offering classes in cooking and nutrition, bike mechanics, woodshop and greenhouse gardening. He has integrated business, marketing, and design principles into his lessons, challenging students beyond their regimented classes. Most importantly, his lessons get students involved in their community so that they contribute to society in valuable ways.
What We Need & What You GetCooking class:
We have 30 students cooking 3 days a week. The cost of this is $75.00 per week. $2,700 will full fund the cooking program for one year.
We have 30 students working in the woods shop an average of 3 days per week. Last year, the kids made bat houses and sold them. This year, the kids are making Little Free Libraries that they will be selling. The cost of materials to fund the program for one year is $3,000.
We need high pressure sodium lighting to allow flowering plants all year long. The goal is to grow enough fresh produce to stock the school's salad bar so there are more healthy options to students to eat. We also need gardening gloves, dirt, pots, and compost bins. $1,000 will go a long way for setting up a green house that can be used from one year to the next.
We have 10 students working in the bike shop 1.5 hours per day. We are planning to expand from two work stations to four work stations. Each work station consists of a bike stand, tool set, and a bike bump. We need to raise $1,000 to fund this.
The ImpactThis project engages kids and teaches them practical skills that they can take with them. The cooking class incorporates nutrition education and teaches kids how to make healthy recipes that are both nutritious and delicious.
The wood shop is a great way for kids to learn how to build something with their own hands that can be sold for a profit. The profits from this class fund an end of the year field trip.
The green house teaches kids how to grow their own food. In addition, the produce that will be grown in the green house will be used to stock the school cafeteria's salad bar, thereby providing more nutritous food options for kids to eat.
The bike shop teaches kids great skills in bicycle repair. The bikes they repair will be sold at the neighborhood bicycle shop, Recovery Bike Shop. The proceeds will be used to fund the program.