Vantage students donate cookies

VAN WERT — The Vantage Culinary Arts students dusted off their rolling pins and fired up the ovens, making their favorite Christmas cookies that were donated to the Van Wert American Legion Post 178.

Each year, American Legion Post 178 provides an opportunity for young children to join them for a cup of hot chocolate, Christmas cookies, and a seat next to Santa. Vantage Instructor Scott Shardelow and his culinary students felt encouraged to donate cookies to the Post after learning how the organization provides a joyful and meaningful experience for local children leading up to Christmas.

To offer their appreciation, Post Commander Bill Marshall and 1st Vice Commander Randy Mathews made a special visit to the culinary students, sharing the highlights of the event and offering an important message to the students about how their donations, and efforts in making the Christmas cookies, helped spread holiday cheer to many local families.

Reach Dean Brown at 567-242-0409

Dean Brown joined The Lima News in 2022 as a reporter. Prior to The Lima News, Brown was an English teacher in Allen County for 38 years, with stops at Perry, Shawnee, Spencerville and Heir Force Community School. So they figured he could throw a few sentences together about education and business in the area. An award-winning photographer, Brown likes watching old black and white movies, his dog, his wife and kids, and the four grandkids - not necessarily in that order. Reach him at [email protected] or 567-242-0409.