“Now We’re Cooking” Resource Fair & BBQ Draws Hundreds of Families

March 15, 2016 – Hundreds of BCSD students and their families attended the annual “Now We’re Cooking” Resource Fair and BBQ held at Williams Elementary School. Attendees were treated to hamburgers and hot dogs as well as informational booths from community partners such as Community Action Partnership of Kern, the United Way, and the United Farm Workers Foundation.

“Events like this remind parents that our schools really do care because they have taken the time to put something like this together that parents can enjoy with their kids,” said Sha’col Johnson, mother of four BCSD students.

“I came with my family and I think this is a good event and I really like it, especially the cotton candy,” said Johnny Vasquez, fifth grade student at Rafer Johnson School. “I like an event where I can see students from other schools.”

The Resource Fair & BBQ was the culminating event of the “Now We’re Cooking” program, a free monthly cooking class that engages parents and students in a program to help educate families on how to make long lasting, healthier, life style decisions. Recipes are designed to help families experience a variety of nutritional and culturally diverse foods. The cooking interaction also helps families to strengthen communication skills, reinforce reading skills and demonstrate practical math applications through recipes.

“We focus on how the family bonds so we help educate them on how to prepare and eat healthy meals together,” said Brenda Robinson, Director of BCSD Nutrition Services. “The resource fair serves as an opportunity for our families to know our community supports our efforts to bring families together.”

The next “Now We’re Cooking” class will take place on April 27, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. at J&E Restaurant Supply.

Choice 2

Student Jak’Quez Nolan helps prepare a meal during a session of Now We’re Cooking.

Choice 1

KBFX features Now We’re Cooking during their morning show.

Fair 1

Families interact with members of the Bakersfield Police Department, one of the many community partners present at the resource fair.


Fair 3

Parent Sha’col Johnson with her children who all attend BCSD schools.

Fair 4

Williams Elementary School cheerleaders entertain the crowd.

Fair 5

KGET interviews Director of Nutrition Services Brenda Robinson about the Now We’re Cooking Program.


Nondiscrimination Policy

Bakersfield City School District programs, activities, and practices shall be free from unlawful discrimination, including discriminatory harassment, intimidation, and bullying based on actual or perceived characteristics of race or ethnicity, color, ancestry, nationality, national origin, ethnic group identifications, age, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, or genetic information or any other characteristic identified in Education Code 200 or 220, Penal code 422.55, or Government Code 11135, or based on association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. If you believe you have been subjected to discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying, you should immediately contact the school site principal and/or the District’s Human Resource Administrator, at 661-631-4663, or at 1300 Baker Street, Bakersfield, California 93305. A copy of BCSD’s Uniform Complaint Procedures and Non-Discrimination policies are available by clicking here and/or upon request.