Peter Brown Architects has joined with BCworkshop to help DISD and Get Healthy Dallas envision the new Entrepreneurial Culinary Arts Program at Lincoln High School in Dallas. During a recent brainstorming session, we were wildly impressed with students at Lincoln and Pearl C Anderson Middle School. The two schools linked into one workshop via DISD's new Skype connection (perhaps the first cross-school collaborative e-meeting in the school district).
After hearing a brief description of program concepts, the group went on a virtual tour of other schools around the country that are innovating with culinary and nutrition programs -- including learning about Sarah Elizabeth Ippel and the Academy for Global Citizenship in Chicago and Blythewood High School in South Carolina.
During the workshop, students described a dynamic program that builds on health and nutrition, fosters teamwork, invites neighbors into the school, takes meals to home-bound and homeless, and works hand-in-hand with other strengths within the school -- featuring dining with live music, preparing game-day meals for athletes, and working with the print, radio, TV, and social media programs at the school to spread the excitement.
The school is a strategic component of the Grow South plan recently announced by Dallas mayor Mike Rawlings. With the mayor’s vision of strengthening schools and strengthening communities, and filled with students like those who wowed the Entrepreneurial Culinary Arts workshop, Lincoln High School will be one to watch.