HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Some Harrison County teachers headed into the kitchen Wednesday to learn a healthier way to cook.
With tips from a professional chef, teachers from North Woolmarket Elementary and Middle School are learning to sharpen their culinary skills in an effort to spice up their curriculum in the classroom.
"I learned the proper way to slice an onion. I've been doing it wrong for a really long time, apparently," said math teacher Joanna Hoffman.
During the month of September, all 65 teachers at the school will have an opportunity to cook in the kitchen at the Jeff Davis campus of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.
Broken up into four teams, each one prepared a different spaghetti recipe for the Healthy Cooking Class. There were various menu items, including a dish with ground beef, and a veggie version with whole wheat pasta and lentils.
"I really like to cook, and I wanted to try some new healthy cooking," said special education teacher Velma Groue. "I was very excited they were going to allow us to do this."
The nutritious lessons the educators learned in the kitchen will carry over to the classroom.
"They're learning nutritional lessons and health and wellness for their own well-being. But in the classroom, they can apply these lessons through math, and through science, and through their health lessons," said North Woolmarket Elementary and Middle School Principal Christy Buchanan.
The teachers also picked up new team-building skills.
"The group I'm with are kind of beginners. So I'm just helping them out," said physical education teacher Brad Pickich with a laugh.
The teachers called the partnership the perfect recipe for a healthier school community.
"I think it's fabulous, especially in the state of Mississippi where we have such a high obesity rate," said Hoffman. "Where we can learn about health education and bring that back into our classrooms to improve the lives of our children."
MGCCC received a grant from Blue Cross Blue Shield to fund the cooking program. The first class was held on Sept. 12 and the last class is Sept. 28, but the partnership between both schools will continue through the rest of the year.