Saturday, August 30, 2008

How To Cook An Eagle

About 7 or 8 years ago, I was one of four 4th grade moms at Kramer Elementary who decided to form a Cub Scout troop. Admittedly, we were not very good, but after three years and 17 boys (spanning three different grades) we handed them up to a real troop leader to continue Boy Scouts, if they so decided. None of the mothers sons completed more than one more year of scouting, it just wasn't their thing - and to be quite honest, it wasn't mine, either.

But now I've learned that one of our boys, I'll call him Mijo, has just earned his Eagle status, and I couldn't be more pleased. Mijo, along with his younger brother and sister is being raised by his grandmother, who works as a housekeeper for a wealthy Dallas family. When we went on our (very few) camping trips, his grandmother would bring the little ones, all sleeping in a tent - she came, other parents didn't. Mijo is in a program to help him get into the best universities, and between his grades and athletics, that should be possible.

This is the kind of success that happens every day in DISD schools, the stories that the Dallas Morning News can't cover until they have a parent (and a real writer, please) who knows and sees the non-administrative side of the equation. Not to say that I'm not pleased about uncovering that whole credit card scandal, in the game of accounting they hit a home run on that front.

This year I'm spending my time at Conrad High School helping start a Culinary Club, in conjunction with the Restaurant Management magnet. It will help kids who've made a commitment to the restaurant industry see more, learn more about food and the food industry. Maybe it can help some stay in high school, maybe it can help some continue at a college level culinary school.

Because you see, I've learned that just maybe I can cook pretty good after all.

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