At Hale High School, we take pride in creating experiences and opportunities our students will remember forever. Recently, our culinary students had just that when they got to show off their hard work at Hale's Kitchen and cook for FOX23's Burger Brothers.
The Burger Brothers are FOX23 anchor Ron Terrell and Danny Boy O'Connor from the hip-hop group House of Pain. Together, Ron and Danny visit burger restaurants around Tulsa, so when they heard about Hale's Kitchen, they had to visit.
"We wanted to come here because we heard the culinary program here is fantastic. We wanted to sample things out and see how it was," Ron said.
Danny isn't from Oklahoma and hadn't heard about the culinary program before visiting. He said when he heard they were eating at a high school he thought they were going to be sitting in small chairs and eating in the cafeteria. But when he saw the program for the first time, he was impressed.
"This is a high school, which is crazy because when I got here I thought it was a trade college," he said. "I can't believe it's a high school."
Hale is the only high school in Oklahoma with a restaurant affiliated with its culinary arts program. It's open to the public and for $10 you can get an appetizer, entrée, dessert, and a drink.
The program gives students hands-on experience working at a restaurant and learning how to run a business.
"The whole idea is to give the students real-world experience," teacher Margaret Dinsmore said. "I think part of the draw is hands-on experience. We want to train as many students as we can and prepare them for the next steps in life."
In addition to learning how to cook, students learn about profit and loss, how to run a business, and how to work as a team.
"This is a cool opportunity for students. This is a full learning experience, almost an immersion experience in terms of restaurant management, cooking, serving customers," Ron said.
"There's also math and science. It integrates so much of their learning, and a huge amount of it is about teamwork," said Tulsa Public Schools Superintendent Deborah Gist, who joined the Burger Brothers for lunch.
The students took the orders, cooked and served the food, and provided a memorable experience for the Burger Brothers, Dr. Gist, and Hale Principal Sheila Riley.
"Fantastic. 5 star. The whole experience," Danny said.
"Hale yes," Ron said.