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GMS students hold solar cookoff

Some students at Greenville Middle School know how to cook without using electricity.

Approximately 62 of Helen Gewin's fifth and sixth-grade gifted and enrichment students had their annual Solar Chefs' Cook-off this week.

"This project is to teach the kids how to be prepared to find good solutions to problems when they become adults," Gewin said.

According to Gewin, her students searched the Internet and studied other places around the world that did not have electricity or gas, so they have to find other ways to cook food.

"Plus, with gas prices going up like they are, these children need to know how to find alternative ways to do things," Gewin said.

With pizza boxes, cardboard boxes, tin foil, coat hangers and plastic wrap, the students made solar 'ovens' that are placed in the sun and then will cook whatever is inside.

"They've cooked hot dogs and smores, but, of course, I think they've had the most fun making the smores," Gewin said.

After completing their 'projects,' the students got to eat everything.

In addition to the problem-solving skills, she said that this project also teaches about science and the economy.

"We want everyone to know that these children are looking into the future and are learning how to live on less if necessary," Gewin said.