What's cooking at Harris Middle School?

Sunday, June 19, 2016
Brandon Evans, Bianca Abarca and Cardina Garcia make the pot pie filling. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)

Harris Middle School has offered a cooking class for a decade.

Demand for the class is so hot that there is always a long waiting list, said Betsy Norris, the Bedford County Department of Education's grants and e-learning supervisor. It is offered during the year, after school has let out, and during summer school, which ends this week.

Tasty learning

Logan Kaiser and Tyvelle Kenney open cans. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)

This summer, Carmen Breedlove, Debra Campbell and Ashley Talbott have been running the kitchen.

Summer attendance has varied between 13 to 18 students, Breedlove said. Turnout was low on Thursday with about 13, because "everyone is getting tired" at this point of summer, said Breedlove, an eighth-grade special education inclusion assistant.

Those who were absent Thursday missed out on chicken pot pie.

Teacher assistant Carmen Breedlove puts a batch in the oven. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)


Other summer recipes have included Coca-Cola Cake, Doritos Taco Salad, Salsa, Chocolate Gravy with Homemade Biscuits, Parfait (which were a hit), Breedlove said.

Each year, Harris' students make a cookbook, with recipe requirements including items that can be made within two hours (the length of a class period), be nutritious and be affordable for the school system to make, Norris said.

Although a typical summer school class day is about four hours, the time available for cooking is less than two hours because the students must do other assignments such as math, character building and keyboarding, Breedlove said.