An Egg Roll Extravaganza

Monday, November 4, 2002

SLHS students prepare 4,000 egg rolls

The sweet smell of thousands of eggs rolls and crab rangoon wafted through the halls of Storm Lake High School earlier this week, as students in the Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) organization spent nearly 20 hours together creating the Asian cuisine items for a future fundraising campaign.

The 50 members of the FCCLA, formerly the Future Homemakers of America, made a total of 4,000 egg rolls and 2,500 crab rangoon for area citizens on Tuesday and Wednesday, a hands-on operation that included all of the baking, making ingredients, stuffing the egg rolls with pork, black peppers and vegetables and distributing the items to local residents.

The students divided up the 1 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday work shift and the 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday work shift, and also divided up the responsibilities, which ranged from dipping each of the egg rolls in soy sauce oil to preparing the vegetable-laden insides of each piece of food.

The students have raised about $4,000 through the pre-order fundraising campaign to be used for a class trip later this year, and FCCLA advisor and Family and Consumer Sciences teacher Becky Stille said the work ethic of the students has been fun to see.

"They've really been working together well," Stille said. "They have been taking shifts but some have stayed here the whole time because they wanted to be a part of the whole process, which just shows how dedicated they have been for this project."

The endeavor has been led by the seniors of the class, including Sivone Manatham, who said the teamwork among all of the students has been exciting to be a part of.

"Everybody really helps everyone," Manatham said. "It's definitely a lot of work, but it's worth it."

To make the egg rolls, students gathered together soy sauce, oyster sauce, eggs, pork, sugar, vermicelli, MSG and a variety of vegetables, including black peppers, green peppers, tomatoes and onions and combined them into a coleslaw-like mixture. They then filled up each of the newly-baked wraps with the ingredients and packaged them together in bags, ready to be sent to waiting customers this weekend.

Students in previous years have used their earnings to take trips to places such as Minneapolis, where they have spent a day touring the city and enjoying entertainment venues such as the Chanhassan Dinner Theatre. This year's group will take a trip, but will also use a portion of the money they raise for supplies to create Freedom Quilts to send to families for the holidays.

Stille said the project has been beneficial for the teamwork skills and the friendships it has fostered between students.

"It's been a great thing to see," Stille said. "The kids have really enjoyed this a lot."

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