Cooking class held for those with disabilities

BOWLING GREEN Ky.-Michael Dixon is cooking up a storm.

The Bowling Green resident is participating in his first special populations cooking class at the Kummer-Little Community Center.

“It’s something that you can basically just do not only on holidays but doing on your own,” Dixon said.

On the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month, Bowling Green Parks and Rec offers the class for those 18 and older with disabilities. On today’s menu were valentine’s day cookies with chocolate dipped strawberries.

A goal of the cooking class is to teach the participants to be independent through cooking. Ginna Greer, who is now 26 years old, has been with the group since she was 9, and she said it’s a great experience each time.

“I’m excited to be with my friends making cookies for the valentine’s day thing,” Ginna said.

Assisting Ginna through all these years was her mother, Carol who said this class is great for making new friends.

“A lot of our individuals with disabilities don’t have the opportunity to be out in the general public a lot. It’s just a good place to socialize, be with friends, meet new people, and learn a new skill,” Carol said.

Whether it’s cooking, or being involved in the Special Olympics, Greer says the group is a great networking tool not only for participants, but volunteers as well.

“We all want to connect to others in our community in some way. This is a great place to do it with both the participants and volunteers,” Carol said.