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A cooking keepsake: Emblem Elementary School's 40th anniversary cookbook

Students create commemorative cookbook for Emblem Elementary School's 40th anniversary

Posted: January 25, 2009 10:01 p.m.
Updated: January 26, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Sophie Malchus, a fourth-grader at Emblem Elementary School, pours evaporated milk into a bowl to mix with eggs as she and her friends make "Farmer's Casserole," one of the dishes in "Emblem Eagles 40th Anniversary Cookbook."

Emblem Elementary School officials cooked up a new way to celebrate the school's 40th anniversary.

Emblem families, former students, staff and school supporters donated their favorite family recipes to "The Emblem Eagles 40th Anniversary Cookbook 1968-2008."

"It's a way to bring families together and make everyone feel like they're part of the book," said Julie Malchus, Emblem's Parent-Teacher Association president.

The spiral-bound book includes the school's eagle mascot complete with a chef's hat.

Money from the $10 cookbooks goes toward field trips and purchases of new equipment for teachers.

Emblem Principal Julie Bogosian came up with the idea.

The school marked its 30th anniversary with a commemorative cookbook when Bogosian was assistant principal.

"The cookbook is just such a great keepsake of who's working here now, who's been here in the past," Bogosian said.

The cookbook includes roughly 200 recipes for all types of meals. School officials added additional recipes, and nutrition and measurement sections.

"The response was great. It was wonderful," Bogosian said.

While the cookbook includes the Malchus family's own recipes, she recently tested the "Eclair Cake" recipe submitted by a former Emblem teacher.

"It was really yummy," she said.

Emblem officials solicited recipes in the fall of 2008. More than half of the 300 ordered cooks sold and Malchus expects more to sell during the school's spring 40th anniversary celebrations.

"People seem really pleased," she said.

The book comes as the Saugus school recently finished a $10.5 million modernization project and celebrated its designation as a California Distinguished School in the fall of 2008.

Emblem's renovation lasted nearly a year and included additional classrooms, a play structure, a new special education building and multipurpose room, Bogosian said.

Funding came from the state and the district's capital improvement program.

"It's very exciting for us," she said.


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