Wilson Elementary School students who are in the school's Above The Influence group spent their first day of their spring break baking cookies for the residents of the Progressive Care Center, which is located at1902 Mead Ave in Sheboygan. The group, which is advised by teacher Dawn Street and is sponsored by the Sheboygan Area School District, aims to encourage student participants to refrain from the use of tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs by making positive choices in their lives. Those choices may include whom they choose as friends, how they treat others, and positive activities in which they should participate.
The overall premise of the program is if students are engaged in activities doing positive things for others within the family, school, and community, the students will develop a sense of caring and will not have time to become involved in negative activities.
Mark Janey from "Catering by J. Enterprises" worked with the students to help them mix and roll the dough, to cut the dough into shapes and then bake the cookies. After the cookies were frosted, the students walked to the Progressive Care Center to deliver the cookies to the dietician. Patients were served the cookies with their evening meal.
Previous projects tackled by the group included making Valentine and St. Patrick's Day door hangers for residents at Sunny Ridge. They also decorated lunch bags for the Meals On Wheels program.