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Military Magnet Academy Culinary Arts Students Assist with Chef’s Feast Event

Chef Joseph Crompton’s culinary arts students from Military Magnet Academy recently celebrated working their 5th consecutive year at the Lowcounty Food Bank’s “Chef’s Feast” fundraising event!
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Pictured above are Ms. Niccole Steed, a parent that has helped Chef Crompton for years, and her daughter who graduated last year and likes to help out with big events also.
Nine MMA students worked the event for 7 hours each – that’s terrific work-based learning experience, and a wonderful resume builder for each student!IMG_0784tables
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4 Military Magnet Academy Students Complete Internship Program at Lowcountry Food Bank

Charleston, SC – May 21, 2015 – Four students from Military Magnet Academy’s culinary arts program led by Chef Joseph Crompton enjoyed a special ceremony this morning in recognition of their spring semester internship completion.

Here is a video from this morning’s special program held at the Lowcountry Food Bank facility:
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B8SZeXahp1qEa21HZGx5RHV6XzQ&authuser=0

Huge thanks to Chef Kim Ortego and Erin Fisher at the food bank, and to everyone that made this amazing work-based learning experience possible for these students!

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Culinary Students Assist with Chefs’ Feast Event Supporting Lowcountry Food Bank

Students from Wando HS and Military Magnet Academy were among the volunteers that helped serve over 1200 guests attending last night’s Chefs’ Feast, and event that supports the Lowcountry Food Bank. At the event, 32 local restaurants were on hand to provide about 600 portions each of some of their signature dishes.

Chef Joseph Crompton, Culinary Arts Instructor at Military Magnet Academy said, “This event is an excellent opportunity to show culinary students what large scale catering and serving is all about.”

Chef Crompton shared a “movie trailer” style event recap video – check it out here.

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Jerry Zucker Middle School Hosts Boeing SC Announcement; Receives 3D Printer for School’s Pre-engineering Program

North Charleston, SC – December 16, 2014 – It was from the Jerry Zucker Middle School cafeteria that Ray Conner, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes announced several significant investments supporting children’s wellness in the Charleston region.
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The Lowcountry Food Bank received $100,000 to forward their mission, and Medical University of South Carolina will receive $5 million over the next 5 years towards  the construction of a new Children’s Hospital and Women’s Pavilion. Local leaders including Mayor Joseph Riley, Mayor Keith Summey, and County Council Chairperson Teddy Pryor were on hand and shared their appreciation of Mr. Conner and the Boeing company for their generous investment.
In addition, volunteers from Boeing SC were on hand to ensure every student received a large bag of fresh produce to take home today for healthy snacks over the coming winter break.
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It was after the formal announcements were complete that Mr. Conner pulled school principal Jake Perlmutter aside to share more good news: A 3D printer has been ordered and will soon arrive at the school!
Mr. Conner presented a picture of the MakerBot Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer to Principal Perlmutter, and asked that the new equipment be used to promote STEM education.
Later in the school day, the administrative team gathered to surprise pre-engineering teacher Mr. Kevin Fast and his students with the good news of a 3D printer destined for their classroom thanks to Boeing SC.
Pre-engineering student Toby Ryan Eller guessed correctly when Principal Perlmutter asked the students what they thought Boeing had given their classroom.
“I am very thankful Boeing has provided this 3D printer for our class – I hope to work there one day,” said Eller. “I plan to continue studying engineering next year at R. B. Stall High School,” he added.

DSCN2795Mr. Fast echoed his student’s thankfulness saying, “We could not be more thankful for this modern tool for our classroom – it will spark ideas and reinforce the relevance of science, technology, engineering, and math for students’ future career success.”
Mr. Perlmutter agreed adding, “This investment in our pre-engineering classroom will fuel academic success for many years to come, especially with the continued time and talent invested regularly by Boeing SC team members in our school.”
The 3D printer will arrive at the school and be installed after the holiday break.
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Military Magnet Students Earn “Fast Feet Shopping Spree” for Food Bank

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Early on a recent Saturday morning, at 6:30 AM, 3 students from Military Magnet Academy and their culinary arts instructor Mr. Joseph Crompton arrived at The Ashley Crossing Food Lion store.

The opportunity to participate in a “Fast Feet Shopping Spree” at Food Lion was the prize for being in the top 2 in number of “likes” for their video supporting the 2014 Lowcountry Food Bank Student Food Drive. Stratford High School was the other school from the region that won the opportunity to be in the shopping spree.

The teams from each school got 90 seconds to push their shopping cart down the aisle and fill it with as many cans as possible. The students poured cans off the shelves.  “It was so funny to watch”, said Mr. Crompton.  Students from MMA tallied 387 cans in their 2 carts! The food, along with everything else students collected leading up to the spree at their school, was all donated to the food bank.

After the shopping spree, the students got to set up a table in front of another Food Lion location to collect donations from shoppers.  MMA students collected 135 more pounds of cans in 4 hours!  “Since we are the defending small school champ’s last year, we cannot take it easy.” said Mr. Crompton on his students’ success.

For more information on the 2014 Lowcountry Food Bank Student Food Drive, Click Here.