MARCH 10, 1997
Teacher Sue Harvey and her desktop marketing class, creators of The Likings of Vikings.
Photo courtesy of IHS.
by Deborah Stone
If you're looking for some new recipes to liven up your meals, Vikings of America, the desktop marketing class at Inglemoor High School, has created a cookbook which is chock full of dishes to tempt your palate. The cookbook is on sale now for $8 and contains 292 favorite recipes from Inglemoor students, their families, and the school's teachers and staff.
Sue Harvey, Business Education teacher at Inglemoor, was given permission to teach a desktop marketing class this winter and came up with the idea for her students to do a cookbook project. The students have taken the project from start to finish in one trimester, meeting one hour a day, five days a week, and are now in the final stage of selling their product.
The process first involved electing Ray Aberle president and publisher, and deciding on a board of directors to be at the helms of the various departments, including advertising, marketing, circulation, editing, finance, and production. Students made Powerpoint presentations to indicate their interest in the various positions, followed by class elections. Leadership skills were emphasized, and students learned to work together to accomplish specific responsibilities.
According to Harvey, it's been a wonderful life-learning experience for the students. "I think they've gotten a lot out of it, both for the business skills and for the life lessons. They've had to deal with leadership problems and motivational issues. The process has brought up some interesting life situations that have been eye-opening," she said.
President Aberle adds, "I've been able to put my leadership skills to use in a real business environment and have learned to work with different types of people." Student Leanne Gilly, vice president of circulation, felt that it was sometimes difficult to work with people who didn't want to work hard. Most students agreed that the experience was positive, stressing their new computer and business knowledge as well as cooperative learning skills.
The cookbook is organized by topics to make finding recipes easy. Each of the twenty-five students needed to bring in six to eight recipes, and then a call for more recipes went out to all students and staff at Inglemoor as a chance to participate in the project.
A contest was held school-wide for the creation of a cover for the book, titled The Likings of Vikings (the Vikings being Inglemoor's mascot). Senior Kim Quinn came up with the winning design, a humorous depiction of a Viking cooking in a kitchen.
The students used Aldus Pagemaker to create the book, Access to keep track of the recipes, and Excel to log their inventory. They received assistance from Northshore School District printshop manager Paul Katz and marketing teacher Dave Olmer.
Outside businesses helped in printing and laminating the cover. Three hundred cookbooks were printed and the class is busy selling them to other students, teachers, family members, and friends. Proceeds will be used to purchase software for Inglemoor's Business Education Department.
To order a cookbook, contact Sue Harvey at 489-6533 or send a check or money order for $11 (includes shipping and handling), payable to Inglemoor High School, to Sue Harvey, c/o IHS, 15500 Simonds Rd. NE, Bothell, WA 98011.