- COL Cooking Classes
COL Cooking Classes
The City of Lawton has teamed with the Oklahoma State University Extension to offer healthy cooking classes to community youth for the first time this fall.
The classes – designated for kids 10-17 – began the third week in October and take place each Monday at the Patterson Center. They are managed by Parks and Recreation Coordinator Shereyl Grubbs and taught by OSU Extension Student Nutrition Specialist Gracie Harvin.
“We originally had a cap of 12 students for this first class but 17 kids actually signed up during enrollment,” said Reginald Seaton, Parks and Recreation Department supervisor. “We’re grateful to be working with Gracie Harvin, who said she would be able to expand the size of the class and make it happen.”
The classes are offered free to students and are funded through a “Sports & Recreation” account. This account was the result of a change in sports fees that was proposed by Parks and Recreation staff and approved by Lawton City Council in 2016.
“We’re definitely happy to be able to offer more recreational classes like this to our kids with these funds,” Seaton said.
Harvin, who has worked closely with Grubbs to outline the menu for the next four weeks, said the idea to offer cooking classes to youth was only natural after having taught nutrition courses to senior citizens at the Patterson Center for the past several years. This set of cooking classes will act as a pilot course for seasons to come, she said.
“We’d like to catch them while they’re small to help them develop healthy habits,” Harvin said. “We try to teach them easy meals that they can share with their parents and others, and we always tell them to practice safety in the kitchen.”
For more information on future cooking classes or other community youth opportunities, call 580.581.3400.