Gloria Stoverink is a Registered Dietitian with Jackson R2 Schools in Jackson, MO. Here’s what she had to say when asked about the Charlie Cart program:
We received our Charlie Cart last fall and just concluded our first full year of using it. I just wanted to report how much our students and staff LOVE the cart. On my end, it makes planning, cooking, and teaching so quick and easy. The lesson plans are thorough and contain great recipes for kids to learn both basic and advanced cooking skills. The students love getting to participate and constantly ask when I am coming to visit next. We can’t wait to teach a new set of students next year. Thanks for delivering on such a fun product!
On my end, it makes planning, cooking, and teaching so quick and easy. The lesson plans are thorough and contain great recipes for kids to learn both basic and advanced cooking skills.
Children reached by the Charlie Cart
Our organization reaches 5,000 individuals per year. With the Charlie Cart, I am able to teach approximately 360 k-4 students how to cook and eat nutritious foods.
How are you using the cart and curriculum?
I use the Charlie Cart mobile kitchen and curriculum at my school. Each month, I focus on one grade and teach nutrition education with Charlie Cart lessons.
What is the early feedback about the Charlie Cart tools and materials?
I love the class set of cutting boards and kid friendly knives included on the Charlie Cart. It is a stress free way of teaching kids to use knives. Students LOVE it! They get so excited when they see me rolling the cart through the halls. The teachers comment about how fun it is and how much the kids learn.
Favorite Charlie Cart lesson?
I like the egg frittatas! They are easy to make and have a lot of fun steps for the students to participate.
What are some of the challenges and how are you overcoming those?
The main challenge is just the size of the cart. It is also a little difficult to steer and manage on/off elevators and tight turns.
What stands out about the lesson plans?
In the Charlie Cart curriculum, I appreciate the introduction to help start off the lesson. When I purchased the Charlie Cart, I was aiming to teach kids basic cooking techniques, and I’ve been able to do that with the mobile kitchen and tools provided.