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Students Enjoy New Kitchen to Practice Life Skills

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Surry Community College's Creating Successful Learners program recently received a new kitchen at their school located beside Mount Airy High School.

The college was able to remodel an old chemistry lab by installing a new sink and faucet, and rearranging the existing cabinets to allow for a stove and refrigerator to be installed. The cabinets were painted and new countertops were installed in the new kitchen. Also, updated tissue dispensers, paper towel dispensers, and soap dispensers were added in the kitchen and the restrooms.

Brittany Parsons of Mount Airy checks the contents of the refrigerator in the new kitchen.

Laurie Culler, Lead Instructor of the program, says she is grateful for the new space and that it adds another piece to their life skill portion of their program.

“Students are able to learn basic cooking skills and practice cleaning and proper ways to handle food, ” says Culler. “We are so proud to be part of the Surry Community College organization. ”

Belle Rash of Mount Airy cleans the microwave at the renovated cabinets in the new kitchen.

Randy Rogers, Director of Facilities for the college, was able to purchase a new stove for the space to turn the former classroom in to a kitchen.

“Thanks to a huge discount on the stove from Brannock & Hiatt Furniture in Mount Airy and the expertise of the Surry Community College facilities staff, we were able to make this space into a working kitchen classroom for our students to practice and learn life skills. ”

Saige Leftwich of Mount Airy practices her cooking skills at the new stove purchased from Brannock & Hiatt Furniture.

The Creating Successful Learners program was created to provide Adult Basic Education to adults with developmental disabilities or traumatic brain injuries. The focus of these classes is to improve the individual's independence by acquiring necessary basic life skills from math and reading to job development. Students also gain appropriate communication and socialization skills and full access to a computer lab. These classes are offered at no charge. The program has received the National Association of Developmental Organizations award.

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