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Burnet CISD resource center gives parents schoolwork starting with cooking class


BURNET — The Burnet Consolidated Independent School District’s Parent Resource Center wants to share some cooking and homework secrets with parents — or anyone who just wants to learn a little.

The center, 202 E. Brier St., offers programs and classes throughout the year to help parents help their students. One of the most popular concoctions parent-volunteer coordinator Darlene Denton has come up with is a cooking class to lead off each of the other programs.

“When I’ve held a cooking demonstration, or something like it, I’ve gotten great turnout,” she said.

Not one to let a good idea get away, Denton is hosting a Simple Cooking class at 7 p.m. March 23 to get things going for the latest parent resource program. The cooking class, which features a list of two-ingredient recipes (does that sound simple enough?), gets the evening started before heading into the other topic, “Turning Homework Battles into Home Runs.”

“Right now, kids are really thinking about a lot of other things than homework,” Denton said. “It can be a struggle to get them to focus on homework, but we can help change that. We’re going to offer tips for parents on getting their kids to get their homework done.”

In the past, Denton saw the attendance numbers jump when she’s offered the cooking class at the start. This time around, she’s focusing on about 10 items people can make using only two ingredients.

And don’t let the simplicity fool you. Denton promises the dishes are tasty and healthy.

“These are simple things you can make,” she said. “They’re quick, so you don’t have to spend a lot of time making them, which is great because we all know how busy things get this time of year.”

She probably won’t have time to demonstrate all 10, but Denton will have recipes for all of them to hand out.

Call Denton at (512) 715-3668 for more information on the program or other resources available through the center.