Monday, November 24, 2008

Annual Appeal Volunteers!

Thanks to the staff and students who helped put out the annual appeal mailing - - they folded, labeled, stuffed, sealed, and stamped with smiling faces!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Election Day Part Two

It seems that people like Upattinas as a polling place - they are happy to have so much room in the gym, which means no waiting in line, and have said positive things about the atmosphere and location. Everyone has been very friendly, and our table of coffee, baked goods, and homemade CHILI is a hit. And here we have a family of Republicans who were greeting people in the office parking lot...Democrats on the other side of the gym...

and our students and staff inside the gym.

Election Day!

Scenes from Upattinas this morning, where the polls opened at 7:00 a.m. to a line of area residents waiting to cast their vote! There was an early-morning wait of about an hour that was down to 5 - 8 minutes 9:30, when these pictures were taken.

There were several people enjoying the baked goods and coffee, and asking questions about the campus and school. I talked with, and photographed, volunteers on both sides of the building who happened to be representing Democrats - I will return later in the day to photograph any Republican volunteers, in the interest of fairness! Members of the Iron Workers Local Union 401, pictured below, were interested in hearing about the campus buildings a little more about
the school.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Busy New Kitchen!

Our kitchen is a busy place today - and every day! Thanks to the generosity of our supporters and the hard work of a lot of folks we have a lovely new kitchen with the appliances and supplies we need. The kitchen now has:
    • a commercial refrigerator and freezer
    • a dishwasher that completes a load in under two minutes
  • a ten-burner stove with a double oven
  • new windows, ceiling tiles, and back door
Yes, that said under two minutes.

Today the kitchen will be busy with people baking for an Election Day Bake Sale since Upattinas is now a polling place! A group of students will be out in the morning and throughout the day to greet voters with smiling faces and refreshments. The smiles are free but proceeds from the Bake Sale will benefit the Computer Class and their future projects.

The Lunch Program has been an organized and delicious success. Schuyler Vance Miller has managed to create a varied menu with vegetarian entrees
or options every day. The Big Room is set with tables and chairs each day and the pass-through in the wall has been reopened to send trays easily back to the kitchen to be cleaned.

The Cooking Class, under Schuyler's supervision, has students learning basic kitchen skills as well as menu planning. The class has also been a big help to Schuyler in getting the lunch routine running smoothly.

Tomorrow's election is a great opportunity for the larger community to check out our campus and meet a few students and teachers. Hopefully the kids who are preparing for the bake sale and getting up early tomorrow morning will enjoy the experience and make some money for their program!