Penny Road Elementary students ‘Cook Up Character’

O Comm Boy Planting

Character-building goes beyond PTA programs and teacher lessons at Penny Road Elementary in Cary. Students in grades 2-5 who participate in the school’s Cooking Up Character program meet once a month after school to work on projects that serve their community.

Created by Susan Riley Poteat in 2003 as a way to get her own children and their friends involved in community service, Cooking Up Character offers students an opportunity to work with other children and adults on community service projects such as building a butterfly garden for their school, providing food for the Apex Fire Department, singing songs and making crafts with senior citizens at Jordan Oaks Retirement Community in Cary and making animal treats for the Raleigh Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

The group’s latest project involves the Cary Super Skippers, who will help students lead a Jump-a-thon May 13 that will help raise money for a Penny Road Elementary custodian’s kidney transplant.

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