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Washougal cuts ribbons on student-run food truck

The Columbian
Published: February 11, 2023, 5:29am

WASHOUGAL – On Feb. 2, Washougal School District celebrated the opening of Shoug Shack, the district’s first ever student-run food truck.

School Superintendent Mary Templeton, Career & Technical Education Director Margaret Rice, and Mayor David Stuebe delivered opening remarks and cut the ribbon. The food truck is a culmination of classroom learning for students in Career & Technical Education programs at Washougal High School including digital photography, social media marketing and culinary arts.

Stuebe proclaimed February as Career & Technical Education month in Washougal during the event. “Career and Technical Education is offering a path to success in the 21st century economy while helping to address the urgent need for skilled labor in high-demand industries, and it is enabling numerous Washougal students to secure gainful employment and lead productive, fulfilling lives,” the mayor said.

Riley Harding, Washougal High School student in the Culinary Arts program, was one of 23 students involved in applying classroom learning to plan and operate this new food truck. “We have been developing and testing our chili recipes in preparation for the launch. All of the recipes, including the mulled cider, were developed by students,” said Harding. “Having the food truck is an opportunity for us to gain real business experience in the culinary industry. It lets us put our classroom skills to work in a real business and gives us a leg up when heading out into the world of work.”

Culinary Arts students served chili and refreshments out of the newly dedicated food truck immediately following the ribbon cutting. The Shoug Shack will be used as an extension of the advanced culinary classroom where, on occasion, students will create and serve meals in collaboration with WSD Culinary Services during lunchtimes at all district schools. Students will also have opportunities to serve items out of the food truck at community events.