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New Cassia High School program aims to help kids be ready for life after graduation

BURLEY, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) — Jack and Mary Zarybnisky have been giving food to needy students at Cassia High School for the past few years. Recognizing the need to deepen the student’s education and life skills, they went further.

“We wanted to make it a four-part program,” said Jack Zarybnisky. “Our first program would be to show students how to prepare food, the second would be to show students how to cook food.”

Cassia High School is also called the alternative school for students who might need a little extra support, and that’s what the Zarybniskys really hope to accomplish.

“Also teaching and showing kids that the community really supports them, because we want every kid in this community to graduate from high school, and going through Cassia Alternative High School here is a great way,” Jack Zarybnisky said.

During the course, students will not only learn how to prepare a recipe, but also how to prepare and store food safely, as well as come away with knowledge about healthy eating and portion size.

“We want to emphasize how everything they learn here at Cassia High is very important and very relevant to everyday life,” said Mary Zarybnisky. “And in terms of getting to know the students, because we bring them food almost every week, it’s going to be really nice to deepen those friendships with some of the students.”

Cassia School District’s Debbie Critchfield says they’re grateful to the Zarybniskys for reaching out and wanting to support the students.

“Whenever we receive offers from people who want to come and share their talents and help students learn to be prepared and capable adults outside of the school setting, we welcome them,” Critchfield said.

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