Serving for a Cause: The Kitchen Kids Café

A fourth grade Target class at Cheatham Hill Elementary is pictured with Rhonda Smith, the founder of the Save It Forward.


NOTE FROM THE CCSD COMMUNICATIONS OFFICE: This information below is a press release written by Dr. Monica Alicea’s fourth grade class at Cheatham Hill Elementary School.


Press Release by: Publications Committee-Dr. Monica Alicea’s 4th grade Target Class
Public Relations Contact: Dr. Monica Alicea
Cheatham Hill Elementary School

Dr. Alicea’s fourth grade Target students have been hard at work planning an Italian restaurant to benefit the Save it Forward Program. This event will take place on Wednesday. March 29, 2017 from 10:30 a.m. until 12:45 p.m. The students will be serving Italian food such as antipasti, baked ziti, meatballs, Tiramisu cupcakes, and beverages including water, tea, and sparkling grape juice. The class is making all the food and have sought donations and support from Publix, Great Harvest Bread Company, Starbucks, Zaxby’s, BB&T, and several other local establishments! The students are also using fresh herbs from a hydroponic garden Dr. Alicea started with them thanks to a grant funded by the Atlanta Braves Foundation in partnership with Cobb Educational Foundation.

The students said, “The Braves gave our Target teacher Dr. Alicea some money and we used that money to get a tower garden to grow our own food. We grew the ingredients for our salad and the spices for the sauce.” Cooking and preparations will take place on March 28th after school.

This is the third annual Kitchen Kids Café. The current fourth graders want to carry on the tradition started by the class two years earlier.

The students said, “We have been learning about children and families in need. We learned about the Save it Forward program and how they help families at Cheatham Hill and other Cobb County Schools. We love what this program is doing, so we wanted to help again this year. We want to support the Save it Forward program’s mission to eliminate hunger for students in our Cobb County Schools so that they can have a better chance to learn and succeed.”
The class has hosted several guest speakers including Lecia Hobbs, cafeteria manager, Loren Martin, (owner of West Cobb Diner) and Rhonda Smith the founder of the Save It Forward program to learn about the many things necessary to pull off a project of this size. The class volunteered at the warehouse and learned how the warehouse receives donations, organizes them, and prepares them for distribution and helping families receive items so kids don’t go hungry.

When we asked what the program needed most, Rhonda Smith said,” One thing we are desperately short on right now is laundry detergent.”

Instead of paying for the luncheon, staff members and other invited guests will donate laundry detergent for the Save it Forward program.

The students also visited West Cobb Diner to learn about all the prep work needed to run a restaurant.

Dr. Alicea stated, “We are so grateful to everyone who has helped us learn what it takes to make this project a success; starting with my administrators who encourage and support innovative teaching. We are grateful for the time the guest speakers have given and funding support from See Beautiful™ who has been donating $5 for every bracelet sold on their website ( students really got to experience what running a restaurant is like and we are so thankful to Loren and Chad Martin and West Cobb Diner.”

More than 100 people are coming to the Italian restaurant at our school. The students have been working so hard to accomplish this project, staying after school and meeting on Saturdays, and can’t wait for everyone to come! In addition to Cheatham Hill’s staff, special guests include Kathryn Bennett of the Atlanta Braves Foundation, Lydia Criss Mays, founder and CEO of See Beautiful, Mary Elisabeth Davis-Chief Academic Officer, Brad Wheeler-CC Board Member, Robin Lattizori-Assistant Superintendent, Donna Lowry-Director of Communications, and several other county personnel. We are also hoping to have an appearance by the Chick-fil-A cow, but this has not been confirmed yet.
Come visit us at the Kitchen Kids Café!