Maria Kacik | The Gazette
BRUNSWICK â€” A group of campers got more than just some tasty treats and healthy recipes when they received cooking instructions this week.
They also learned some valuable life lessons.
â€œDoes anybody know what patience means?â€ Chef Gary Quesada, owner of Main Street CafÃ© in Medina, asked the children and adults of the Life Steps summer camp as he showed them how to carefully chop vegetables. â€œIt means taking your time, not being in a hurry. Itâ€™s easy to make a mistake when you are in a hurry.â€
ABOVE: Corey Beekman, a camper at Medina Creative Accessibilityâ€™s Life Steps camp, from left, mixes a ranch dip Tuesday while Program Director Roxanne Chavez and camper Ashley Novince watch. BELOW: Main Street CafÃ© chef and owner Gary Quesada, from left, and Life Steps campers Ashley Yeager and Nikki Brandon enjoy the fruits of their labor â€” a ranch dip and fresh chopped vegetables. (Maria Kacik | Gazette)
The Life Steps camp is run out of a Hathaway Drive home maintained by Medina Creative Accessibility, a division of Medina Creative Housing, which provides homes for special needs clients in the county.
Each week the Life Steps camp-goers â€” all children and adults with physical or developmental disabilities â€” learn a new skill they can use in everyday life.
This week they take on cooking.
â€œWhat weâ€™re trying to do is get them ready for living on their own,â€ said Quesada, who is spending all week at the day camp.
He said heâ€™s going to teach the students about hand washing, proper food handling and healthy food choices.
â€œWeâ€™re going to reinforce that every day,â€ he said.
Later in the week the students will take a trip to the West Side Market in Cleveland to learn about grocery shopping, which also will teach a lesson on spending money.
â€œThey are loving this,â€ said Dianne DePasquale-Hagerty, director of Medina Creative Housing. â€œWe are working on social skills as we do this. Itâ€™s not only cooking.â€
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