I’ve always managed to be in positions where I get to teach people. At 12, I found myself helping coach my sister’s soccer team. In college, I worked in after school programs. In my mid-twenties, I taught community ESL (English as a Second Language) classes, medical administration in mental health facilities, and gardening in elementary schools. When talk started around the factory about creating and teaching a children’s class, I was very excited to work on the project!
We already have a variety of other classes that we offer, but they are definitely more geared towards adults. Children are much more curious than us adults. They want to interact with their environment. It’s no wonder Willy Wonka designed his factory the way he did. It was a non-stop interactive experience! We’ve designed our children’s class to be in that same light – an interactive, behind-the-scenes look at our chocolate factory.
The class begins with a “virtual” journey to our farms where we source our cacao. Each of our farms is as unique as the cacao it grows, and as a class we explore the differences in the farms. Once we have explored our farms the real action begins. We walk through all the daily tasks our productions staff does to make our chocolate. We sort, roast, hand crack and winnow, and start our batches of chocolate. As part of the class, we’ll be eating lots of tasty chocolate! At the end, each student will bring home plenty of knowledge as well as some special treats.
During the summer, we will be doing classes twice a month on Saturday mornings. Students need to be between the ages of 7-12. If you are interested, check out our Eventbrite page for more information.
We look forward to welcoming your children into our factory!