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Culinary school named for Powell

August 26, 1997

By LISA GRAYBEAL

Staff Writer, Chambersburg

SCOTLAND, Pa. - A new culinary arts center at the Scotland School for Veterans' Children will bear the name of retired U.S. Gen. Colin L. Powell, who donated $1,000 to help develop it.

The check was formally presented to the school along with a letter written by Powell in a ceremony Monday morning to kick off a $400,000 capital campaign called "Preparing for the Next 100 Years," to develop the center and provide scholarships for Scotland School graduates.

"We reviewed job statistics, futures and employment ... We took a look at the job market and decided culinary arts was the way to go. It's a growing area at all levels," said school Superintendent Frank Frame.

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The center will be housed in the newly constructed 20,000-square-foot Boozer Dining Hall, used for the first time Monday to feed lunch to 350 students.

But the modern dining hall still lacks necessary kitchen equipment to cook three meals a day, and the culinary arts center is bare except for electrical outlets and gas hookups sticking up from the floor.

The $1.8 million approved by the state legislature and released by the governor to build the facility fell $400,000 short to purchase the needed equipment, including cold storage, stoves and other appliances.

A capital campaign is the school's last alternative to get the supplies, Frame said.

Several students in grades 10 through 12 have signed up for the culinary arts program, a 21/2 -hour afternoon course that will teach everything from the very basics of cooking and preparing foods to managing people and keeping records.

"We have a lot of neat things planned for this curriculum. This is a very exciting field and the kids are anxious to get started," said Richard Gates, culinary arts instructor.

Through the program, the school hopes to create partnerships with local food-oriented businesses for whom students would work as interns.

The program will also allow students to accumulate college credits in conjunction with Harrisburg Area Community College.

Frame said he hopes to reach the $400,000 goal by June 1998.

So far, $50,000 in cash has been donated and another $150,000 has been pledged to the campaign by local individuals and businesses, which should allow the school to purchase a good portion of the equipment in the next few months, Frame said.

Until then, Gates said he'll cover basic classroom work until the cooking lab is up and running.

The school's board of trustees approved the establishment of a nonprofit foundation in January 1996 to be used for the collection of contributions.

The Scotland School was established in 1895 as the Pennsylvania Soldiers' Orphans Industrial School when the state legislature passed the necessary laws to provide private homes or schools across the state for the children who had lost their parents during the Civil War.

Donations can be sent to The Foundation for Scotland School for Veterans' Children Inc., 3583 Scotland Rd., Scotland, Pa., 17254-0900.

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