HEHS Prepares, Seeks Bakers for ‘Cupcakes for a Cause’ Event

Hoffman Estates High School students, staff, and community members are preparing for the Annual Cupcakes for a Cause event on Oct. 24. The event will take places at Hoffman Estates High School from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. All proceeds go to the HEHS Special Olympics team, Blessings in a Backpack, and Hawks Nest.

Cupcakes for a Cause is taking registrations for bakers through Oct. 15. Anyone who bakes for the event will be eligible for the Cupcakes for a Cause contest. At the event, free kids entertainment, including face painting, and drinks will be available. Chance tickets will also be sold.

Admission to the event is free, and is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cupcakes are $2 each, or $20 for a dozen. For more information about the event and to register to bake, please visit the Cupcakes for a Cause website.




SHS Students Prep for 11th Annual Charity Soup Lunch

Each year, the classroom is turned into a "winter wonderland," by the fashion classes to accommodate the large event.

Each year, the classroom is turned into a “winter wonderland,” by the fashion classes to accommodate the large event.

Students in Schaumburg High School’s Chemistry of Foods and Practices in Entrepreneurship (P.I.E.) are preparing for the are hosting the 11th annual Charity Soup Lunch to benefit the SHS Blessings in a Backpack project and the SHS Magic Closet.

The soup lunch will take place on Dec. 12, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:45 p.m., in room 23. Attendees are asked to donate five or more “approved,” non-perishable food donations for the Blessings in a Backpack project or a gift card for clothing and/or household necessities to be donated to the SHS Magic Closet will be collected in exchange for a bottomless soup. This event is open to District 211 but is not open to the public.

Selections include Cream of Chicken w/ Wild Rice, French Onion, Creamy Mushroom, Pasta e Fagioli, Tuscan Sausage and Potato, Split Pea, Tomato and Roasted Red Pepper, New England clam chowder, Broccoli Cheese, Chipotle Sweet Potato and Turkey Tortilla.  There will also be trays of fresh baked dinner rolls, zucchini, focaccia and Italian breads, cookies, lemon bars, pumpkin squares and brownies.  Drink selections include iced tea, lemonade and coffee.

In the past 10 years thousands of items have been donated to Toys-4-Tots (pre- 2009), Elgin Community Crisis Center (pre-2013), Blessings in a Backpack and the Magic Closet.  Approximately 225 guests have attended the event in each of the last 7 years.  Because of the size of the event and the amount of food to be prepared, the Fashion classes are challenged with the task each year to transform the classrooms into a “Winter Wonderland.”

For the past six years, the Department of Agriculture has awarded the event a grant that pays for about half of food ingredients purchased.  In exchange, students in the Chemistry of Foods classes participate in a unit on small farming & sustainability, as well as study food safety throughout our food chain.  Flyers will be displayed to lunch-goers on how they can get involved in the “small food” movement.

For more information, please contact Kerry Frost at kfrost@d211.org.

 




Schaumburg High School Chemistry of Foods and P.I.E. Students Prep for Annual Charity Soup Lunch

Guests line up during last year's soup lunch to try various homemade soups. Some already knew their favorite, while others saved room to try as many as possible.

Guests line up during last year’s soup lunch to try various homemade soups. Some already knew their favorite, while others saved room to try as many as possible.

Students in Schaumburg High School’s Chemistry of Foods and Practices in Entrepreneurship (P.I.E.) are preparing for the 10th Annual Charity Soup Lunch.

The soup lunch will take place on Dec. 13, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Attendees are asked to donate five or more “approved,” non-perishable food donations for the Blessings in a Backpack project or a gift card for clothing/household necessities to be donated to the SHS Magic Closet will be collected in exchange for a bottomless soup.

Selections include Cream of Chicken w/ Wild Rice, French Onion, Creamy Mushroom, Pasta e Fagioli, Loaded Potato, Split Pea, Tomato and Roasted Red Pepper, New England clam chowder, Spinach Tortellini and Turkey Tortilla.  There will also be trays of fresh baked dinner rolls, zucchini, focaccia and Italian breads, cookies, lemon bars and brownies.  Drink selections include iced tea, lemonade and coffee.

In the past nine years, approximately 2,300 items have been donated to Toys-4-Tots (pre- 2009), Elgin Community Crisis Center (pre-2013) and the Magic Closet.  More than 200 guests have attended the event in each of the last six years. The size of the event and the amount of food to be prepared allows students in Fashion classes to challenge themselves with the task to transform the classrooms into a “Winter Wonderland.”

For the past 5 years, the Department of Agriculture has awarded the event a grant that pays for a large majority of food ingredients purchased. In exchange, students in the Chemistry of Foods classes participate in a unit on small farming and sustainability, as well as study food safety throughout our food chain.  Flyers and handouts will be provided to lunch-goers on how they can get involved in the “small food” movement.

The Charity Soup Lunch is made possible through the Chemistry of Foods class, P.I.E Class, Fashion classes, FCCLA fashion and culinary chapters, teachers, Kerry Frost (FCS), Michele Hensley (Science), Emily Wydra (FCS) and Joe Carey (Business), FCCLA sponsor and Fashion teacher, Linda Serafini (FCS) and all other FCS department members at SHS.

For more information, please contact Kerry Frost at kfrost@d211.org.