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Partners in Education: Food Truck Rally teach students about different cultures and creative thinking

Posted at 9:59 AM, May 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-10 11:43:45-04

APPLETON, Wis.  — It's a lesson of cuisine, culture, and etiquette, with a little help from food trucks. It's at Kaleidascope Academy, in Appleton, where students are learning that the payoff for hard work can be pretty sweet.

Whether it's fries, a snow cone, or even cheese curds what comes out of a food truck is nothing short of delicious.

In Ms. Abel's 7th grade science and consumer class, they're learning much more than just ordering from a food truck.

"Its kind of like an entrepreneurship piece, they start their business develop name, logos, slogan, and then take tricks from food trucks guys, and go with it" said teacher Kelly Abel. "This is my favorite day, this is my favorite day of the year" said Abel.

Students are excited to be outside of the classroom, and they're learning important skills like creative thinking. "When you're researching the foods, you're learning more about the cultures," said Arya Pfaffenbach, a 7th grade student who designed an Argentinian inspired food truck. "The main dishes from Argentina, you want them to be authentic and not Americanized" said Pfaffenbach.

There's always ways to go above and beyond, like Carter Bandenheuvel, who made a motorized truck.

"I decided I didn't want to go the same route as everyone else, I made wood cutouts, and pieced them together, to make the body of it," said Bandeheuvel.

Students confidence boosted, of course while celebrating with a tasty treat.