Nine-year-old Kendall Strosnider is, in many ways, like most kids her age. She stays busy with school, extracurricular activities, church, and spending time with friends and family. But in the moments in between, you can find her stirring macaroni and cheese on the stovetop, assembling cinnamon roll puffs, or delicately cracking an egg into a slice of buttery toast for something delicious called “egg in a frame”. Kendall is a chef.
Over the summer, the fourth grader stirred, measured, and tasted her way through PCBC’s cooking camp, which she says was “one of my favorite camps ever”.
The experience inspired Kendall and her mom, Corrie, to begin thinking of a way to share the opportunity with other kids who were interested in cooking but could not afford the cost of camp.
“We came up with this idea that we wanted to make and sell our own granola to raise money. We’re going to call it ‘PC Crunch’ after Park Cities. It has pecans, almonds, and maple syrup in it.”
Kendall plans to work with her dad to come up with creative packaging for the granola and to sell PC Crunch door-to-door and possibly online.
“We feel really fortunate to have Park Cities as a place that fosters empathy and kindness in our kids, says Corrie. “The fact that Kendall is doing something she loves while finding a way to reach out to others—all the core ingredients are there for something special. We’re super proud of her.”
Kendall’s advice for other kids who want to make a difference is--like a tried and true recipe--all about keeping it simple: “I think its really important to be generous and kind. Even if you’re having a bad day, you can still make someone else happy.”