Rachael Ray Foundation awards $70,000 to Johnson County High School culinary program

John Thompson • Feb 29, 2020 at 10:54 PM

MOUNTAIN CITY — Johnson County High School is one of only eight schools from across the country to receive a grant from the Rachael Ray Foundation and Rachael Ray’s Yum-o! Organization to upgrade and expand their ProStart programs to improve and expand their culinary art and restaurant management programs.

The total amount of the grants given to all eight schools was $425,000. Through the grants, the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation will provide funding for eight ProStart schools that are offering the program in an effort to engage and educate high school students interested in exploring restaurant and food service careers.

Herbie Adams, CTE supervisor for the Johnson County School System, said the total amount of the grant for Johnson County High School is $70,000.

Adams said the funds will be used for kitchen and classroom upgrades, student supplies and support, and a mobile lab (food truck) to support high quality work-based learning opportunities for students.

“These funds will provide opportunities for our students that wouldn’t be possible otherwise,” Adams said.

Winning schools awarded a ProStart Grow Grant were required to demonstrate how the program is positively impacting their students and the community. The other seven winning schools include:

• Dalhart High School – Texas

• West Rowan High School – North Carolina.

• San Diego High School – California.

• Rio Vista High School – Texas.

• Colonial High School – Florida.

• Taunton High School – Massachusetts.

• Bladensburg High School – Maryland.

ProStart, a two-year career and technical education program focused on culinary arts and restaurant management, is offered in 1,900 schools across the country and currently has 150,000 students.

“I am thrilled to see the incredible stories of these schools, these students and these teachers,” said Ray, award-winning television personality and philanthropist.

“They’re already doing amazing work every day – and they’re all deserving of the opportunity to do even more. I can’t wait to see what we’re able to cook up with these students!”

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