Food Revolution Day!

Food Revolution DayAdult Education and High School Completion students led the charge with Tutorial Center staff today as part of Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution Day. The goal of the movement is to bring cooking back into the regular school curriculum at all levels.

Here at The Tutorial Center we couldn’t agree more – so we participated by making dishes form our new eBook Garden Candy Basics. Zippy Tomato Moonshine, a veggie-packed pasta sauce and The Rainbow Ribbon Swirl with Peanut sauce were on the menus in our Bennington and Manchester classes.

Jeremy Andrews in Benington also made Sautéd Green beans that was a huge hit.

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Food Revolution Day

We’re Joining the Revolution!

Food Revolution Tutorial Center Students Cooking at TTC-9859

IMG_1525Actually we’ve been a leader in this movement! But on May 15th we’re amping up our rally cry in support of Chef Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution Day – a global push to make food education a part of everyday school curriculum world-wide. Over 750,000 people have already signed the petition urging this important change!

Food and agriculture have long been part of our work with students—evidenced by our popular YAP! program and the way TTC at Smokey House includes cooking as part of YouthWork & Learn’s alternative school program. We understand that arming people with familiarity with good, whole foods can make all the difference in our students’ and staff’s well-being. Better food choices mean less childhood obesity, reduced diet-related disease and improved overall health for every body.

FFood Revolution Tutorial Center Students Cooking at TTC-9548or Food Revolution Day our centers will be featuring special cooking sessions using recipes from our newly published e-book, Garden Candy Basics. Instructors will be engaging students of all ages including those in adult education and ESL classes.

Vegetable pizzas, blended tomatoes on rustic bread, and spiralized veggie salads are a few easy, affordable and delicious dishes they’ll be creating and enjoying—reinforcing the idea that healthy choices benefit both the individual and the community.

Juanita Burch-Clay, YouthWork & Learn coordinator at our program at Smokey House, tells us “Many times the students have said they thought they didn’t like something, but they like what we made. I guide us to meals that are healthy, tasty, relatively inexpensive, and easy to make at home. These are survival skills they’re learning.”

Survival indeed! Let’s make fresh food and better eating an everyday movement! Let’s be revolutionary! Make Lucas’ Chicken Cordon Bleu!
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Janette Johnson shares what it was like to receive her high school diploma.

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Adult Education and VT State Representaivies

Lookout! TTC Graduate in Da House!

Vermont Legislature DayTTC graduate Renette Gonzalez skipped work on January 17 to represent TTC at the Vermont Legislature’s annual Adult Education Day celebrating Vermont’s LearningWorks adult education system (it’s OK, her boss knows!).

Renette is a true TTC Success Story — at TTC she earned her high school diploma in our High School Completion program, completed our Bridge to College and Careers program, was a YAP youth agriculture worker for one summer and then rose to assistant crew leader for a second summer! Since leaving TTC, she is now enrolled at CCV and studying for an associates degree in either liberal arts or medical technology. Not one to stay idle, she also works at the West Mountain Animal Hospital in Doggie Daycare. You go, girl!

Approximately 175 adult ed students/grads attended this special day. Renette was accompanied by TTC’s Adult Education Manager, Janice Leslie.

Vermont LegislatureRenette’s role was special. Renette was one of five adult ed students/grads chosen to testify (that means she made “official” comments!) to the House Education Committee, speaking about the The Tutorial Center’s High School Completion program and how that program supported her in earning a high school diploma from Mount Anthony Union High School in Bennington.

Renette testified that her experience at the The Tutorial Center was extremely different from her experiences at her former high school where she did not feel supported or encouraged. Through the wide mix of activities offered at TTC, she was able to find “her path.” She said she benefitted from the hands-on activities she was able to do, and the warm environment at the The Tutorial Center.

Adult Education and VT State RepresentaiviesThe day included a tour of the Vermont State Capitol building, and Renette attended the House Assembly gathering where Rep. Anne Mook of Bennington introduced Renette and Janice to the entire Assembly! Renette and Janice also met with Bennington Rep. Brian Campion. Both are great supporters of the work we do at TTC. Rep. Campion also sits on the House Ed Committee.

Renette’s visit to Montpelier concluded with a visit to the Vermont Supreme Court to view the lobby art show by artist Ken Leslie (yes, Janice’s brother-in-law!), followed by a visit to the Vermont History Museum.

Kudos, Renette, and thanks for telling your Success Story!

Vermont Adult Education Day

Cleaning Up with Herbal Soap

YAP handmade herbal soap

After spending most of the summer getting dirty, the Bennington YAP program started working with a “cleaner” side of gardening this fall: making handmade herbal soap.

With help from Jennifer Ufnar, assistant professor of biology at Southern Vermont College, Bennington YAP instructor Katherine Keys has been exploring the many ways to create fragrant herbals soaps. These soaps are all made by hand with pure ingredients. They are packaged and sold at Farmer’s Markets.