Selling coconut-covered mallow balls to fundraise for school camp has turned into a year-long business venture for students at Te Kowhai School.
With the help of release teacher Tash Martin, the former owner of Splashy cafe at Horotiu, a class has created Yum and Yummier, a cookbook of quick and easy family food ideas from shortbread to lasagne.
Two thousand copies have been printed and if they sell every one at $12 a pop they will have enough money to send their class of 27 as well as some parents on camp to Rotorua in November.
Student Monika Jarkiewicz, 11, said the class made mallow balls to sell at the school's harvest festival in April.
"People kept asking for our recipes and we came up with the idea of a cookbook," she said.
After writing to family, friends, local cafes and celebrity chefs like Jo Seager and Sophie Gray, the students picked 98 original recipes for inclusion.
Class teacher Rochelle Inwood said the class had to go through the school board to check that the project was viable. "We had to approach parents to see if they would get behind it because we had to make an investment in the printing," she said.
As well as cooking skills, the children learned about business skills like production lines, costing, marketing and advertising.
They sold 24 cookbooks at the Tamahere market on Saturday and will be at the Pirongia market this weekend.
The class has the cookbooks for sale on TradeMe and the Foodlovers website. The students tested marketing strategies like gift-wrapping and selling the cookbooks as presents.
Monika said the project had taken a lot of time but the class was proud of its product.
"It's taken so much time and effort and it's turned out really well now we just want people to buy them."
If you would like to purchase a cookbook contact the Te Kowhai School office: (07) 829-7860.
- Waikato Times
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