One Class at a Time: Coping with frustration and anxiety with cooking

Published: Oct. 6, 2023 at 11:18 AM CDT
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PEKIN (25News Now) - Lori Hughes has been teaching students with behavioral and emotional disorders for 18 years - six of those at Edison Junior High School in Pekin.

Her classroom is a little different because it comes with a kitchen.

She teaches all subjects in a self-contained classroom - math, language arts, science, social studies and advisory - a social skills time, along with strategic reading.

When students earn enough points, they are rewarded with time in the kitchen.

“They love food and it’s a life skill that they’ll need in the future,” Hughes said. “They work hard to earn it and they do a fantastic job.”