From left, Agnes Chong, Rain Hertz, Meilin Vicente, Joan Chong and Laurenne Oliver learned the art of the perfect seasoning during the Carlsbad Union School District’s summer academy. Courtesy photo

Summer meant fun and new skills for area youth

CARLSBAD — This summer, students from around the Carlsbad Unified School District (CUSD) designed video games, created web sites, made rockets, studied digital photography, performed on stage, learned floral design, and cooked up a storm as part of the Carlsbad Educational Foundation’s Summer Academy. Classes were held at Magnolia Elementary School and tuition proceeds benefitted the Foundation’s many programs that support CUSD schools and students.During classes, Jefferson fifth-grader Lucy Muller created a web site about her pet guinea pig. “GuineaAmazing” features an inviting home page, easy navigation, photos and a YouTube style video of her guinea pig enjoying an afternoon snack. Lucy described the class as a “really fun” part of her summer vacation.Students from across the district said they love cooking their family’s favorite recipes from their native Philippines, France and Korea at home. Here in the Kids’ Café class one afternoon, they were preparing a different ethnic food: salsa. Meilin Vincente said, “Technically, all food in America is American. Restaurants alter ethnic dishes to suit Americans.”

Laurenne Oliver said, “I like what we’re doing here because we’re not just cooking; we’re learning how to run a restaurant.”


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