Preschoolers bake with Triplett Tech chef

Triplett Tech chef Paje Cross shows preschooler Blake Rice, 3, of Woodstock, how to decorate a gingerbread cookie. Kaley Toy/Daily

MOUNT JACKSON – Preschoolers in Raelynn Hamilton’s class learned how to make and decorate gingerbread cookies from a Triplett Tech chef this week.

Hamilton, an early childhood education teacher at Triplett Tech, said she believes children should learn about various career paths early on in life.

“This is a great opportunity to get them exposed to different careers and actually take part in it,” she said about the preschoolers’ visit Wednesday to the culinary arts classroom, where they learned about what a chef does.

Chef Paje Cross showed the eager kids how to make and decorate gingerbread cookies after she explained the role of a chef.

“Today, we are going to use some spices and some flour and some eggs and some sugar, which make all cookies better,” she told them.

Hamilton’s class will be making its way around to different Triplett Tech classrooms that teach skills needed for careers such as electricity, masonry, cosmetology and nursing.

“It’s a hands-on learning experience,” she said of the visits, which are part of a program that she created called Kids Connect for the younger students to get them thinking about careers.

Kids Connect is modeled after a national program, Career Connection, that is sponsored by the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America  — http://www.fcclainc.org.

Contact staff writer Kaley Toy at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or ktoy@nvdaily.com