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Mills Elementary Family Cooking Night

Mills Elementary had a Family Cooking Night Thursday, January 25th in the evening.


The Cook night came about because of a partnership with the OSU Extension office and was arranged and organized by Paolina Mulleneix. 



Paolina Mulleneix teaches nutrition education at Mills Elementary through Oregon State University’s SNAP-Ed program.

The night’s theme was Plan, Shop & Save, Cook and Food Safety. The learning activities were designed to combine what families do on a daily basis (grocery shopping and cooking) with what the children are learning about at school(Nutrition, Food Hero, and Food Safety).

Families learned about:

  • The importance of food safety (proper cleaning)
  • Proper measuring techniques
  • Thrifty Shopping
  • Healthy Shopping








Paolina, her colleagues (at the OSU Klamath Basin Research and Extension Office), other volunteers, and the AMAZING staff at Mills Elementary made the event a success for over 100 Mills families.

All attendees were treated to a delicious home-cooked meal featuring Food Hero Refried Bean Soup with a variety of toppings, fresh fruits, vegetables, and a yogurt parfait.

It was a fantastic evening! The whole night turned out wonderful and the hope is to repeat this event at other area schools.

All recipes may be found at OSU’s website FoodHero that promotes low-cost, healthy recipes and helpful tips on food preparation.

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