Fire Within is pleased to announce that one of our School Partners, North Bend High School in Oregon has recorded a graduation rate increase of five-percent for students participating in their culinary program built around their mobile wood fired oven.
The North Bend ‘Blazing Bulldogs’ mobile oven is run as close to a stand-alone business as the education system permits; empowering students to plan and execute the various phases associated with the running of a food business. This empowerment has made a significant difference for students at the lower end of the learning scale, those on the edge of dropping out of school, the mobile oven program not only educates students with an easily transferable life skill but as the research has shown, the graduation rates of those involved with the North Bend HS program have increased just over 5%.
It’s exciting to watch educators give wood-fired cooking instructions to kids, but it’s even more exciting to think we could have helped change the lives of the next generation of chefs! We really hope we get the chance to make this happen all across the country!!!