Service Learning at St Clouds and Angeline's Center for Homeless Women

Over 45 students from Lake Washington Girls Middle School participated in a two-day service event in partnership with St. Clouds restaurant and Angeline’s Women’s Center. On the first day of this event, students met at St.Cloud’s restaurant, located in Seattle’s Madrona neighborhood, with bags of food donations and unbridled enthusiasm. John Platt, an Executive Chef and owner at St. Clouds, appraised the food donations and quickly orchestrated a restaurant quality meal based on what our girls and their families provided. John put our girls to work chopping vegetables, at the deep fryer, on the flat top stove, stuffing peppers, washing dishes, and more! Before we knew it, John and the L-Dub girls and parents had cooked up vats of shrimp gumbo, sweet chili chicken, and a variety of salads! The food was packed up and whisked away to Angeline’s, while parents and students stayed behind to return the restaurant to its original state. 

The next morning, 36 students and several parents arrived at Angeline’s Women’s Center to decorate their dining room and serve the meal for lunch. Students created a festive dining space, waited on tables, and served up their delicious meal. It was a successful and profound experience all around: families and students were moved by the project, and John from St.Clouds had this to say...

...a triumph and, of course, mostly because those girls are truly so amazing – so much positive, relentless, and joyful energy.

— John Platt, Owner of St. Clouds

Thank you all for your incredible enthusiasm and participation in this project! A special shout-out to Susie P’15 and Jenn P’15 for leading the charge!

–Ms. Klema

You can see all of the photos from the cooking event here.

A big THANK YOU to Ms. Klema for organizing this event for the second year running!