Youth start the Fall season with a lesson in making healthy apple crisp! Chef Marilee, Culinary Artist of the Kansas City chapter, recently showed Camp Fire youth how to make a healthy apple crisp–and to say it was a success is an understatement! This is just one of the great activities Camp Fire does to engage youth in our after school programs. Our goal is to serve as an extension of the learning day, and help teachers accomplish more by enhancing our youth’s social-emotional learning (SEL). So, by teaching students how to make healthy versions of some of their favorite foods it helps keep them engaged, eager to learn and fits nicely with Camp Fire’s existing line up of programs that encourages healthy eating and lifestyle choices.  Thank you, Chef Marilee, for spending the afternoon with us! It was a great experience.

A little about Chef Marilee: Marilee Merithew grew up in a family of excellent cooks. She credits her culinary skills mostly to her family, including her brothers. Chef Marilee has worked in the food industry for over 20 years including restaurant management and ownership. She has taught students of all ages for years, including at The International Culinary Schools at The Art Institute International Kansas City. She believes that food should look good, taste good, and be good for you. Chef Marilee is excited to be associated with The Artist Outreach!