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GMHS Students Experience Enriching Field Trip to Kitchen of Life in Bexley

Updated: May 28

Tuesday, May 21, 2024

LTWLA recently organized an inspiring and educational field trip to the Kitchen of Life, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to teaching culinary skills and fostering community engagement. This enriching experience provided an opportunity for our Groveport-Madison HS youth to participate in a hands-on social emotional learning (SEL) workshop, where they applied their knowledge in a real-world setting.

The workshop focused on critical SEL principles, including teamwork, communication, and mutual respect. Participants were encouraged to understand their roles within a team, appreciate the unique contributions of each member, and use positive reinforcement to create a supportive environment. Under the guidance of Kitchen of Life staff and local volunteers from Cardinal Health, the youth worked together to make zucchini bread and chocolate chip muffins. This activity was more than just a culinary exercise;

it was a practical application of the SEL concepts discussed during the workshop. The process of baking in teams required effective communication, shared responsibilities, and a deep understanding of the importance of every team member's role.

Throughout the day, the youth and volunteers from Cardinal Health demonstrated remarkable teamwork and cooperation. The emphasis was on ensuring that everyone felt valued and understood within their roles. Effective communication strategies were employed, positive reinforcement was used to encourage peers, and there was a focus on understanding and appreciating the diverse backgrounds and experiences that each individual brought to the table. The field trip to Kitchen of Life was a resounding success. The youth not only learned valuable baking skills but also deepened their understanding of social emotional learning. They experienced firsthand how effective teamwork and communication can lead to successful and enjoyable outcomes. This experience will undoubtedly have a lasting impact, reinforcing the importance of SEL in both personal development and community involvement.

LTWLA is committed to providing enriching educational experiences that go beyond the classroom. We strive to equip our youth with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in all aspects of life. Our partnership with organizations like Kitchen of Life allows us to offer unique opportunities that promote growth, learning, and community engagement. The collaboration between LTWLA, Kitchen of Life, and Cardinal Health volunteers was a testament to the power of community and the importance of social emotional learning. We look forward to future opportunities to engage our youth in meaningful activities that promote personal growth and community well-being.


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