N.W. School rolling in the dough - cookies, that is

RUTLAND - Children love cookies and baking. What better way to marry the two in a unique learning experience. Kindergarten students in Rutland's Northwest School began rolling out the dough in a concerted effort to bake dozens of delicious cookies.

The cooking experience involves the students knowing a little bit of math (measuring) as well as how to tell where the clock's big and little hands are located on the face (baking time). This worthwhile early learning program is coordinated by the Stafford Technical Center's Culinary Arts program.

For several years, Northwest students have been rolling up their sleeves and putting on their thinking caps to take an active part in the Rutland technical center's so-called Tool Tour.

The annual Stafford tour involves students learning by doing in the case of culinary, construction technology, computer technology, music, automotive technology, and electrical/ plumbing skills.

Stafford's unique program makes sense from a child development view, too.

Introducing a child to hands-on learning early in a school year goes a long way in stimulating a lifelong love of learning and acquiring future workforce skills.

According to Peg Peg Bolgioni, outreach coordinator at the Stafford Technical Center, each program-area coordinator includes a demonstration of what is done in the particular program area. Special activities are also organized for the young visitors, Bolgiori said.

The purpose of the programs is to give the kindergartners a first look at Stafford Technical Center as a a current and future learning outlet.

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