Homeschool students use imaginations in Eagle Rock
Eagle Rock Branch Library class teaches 10 about cake pops, cookies
EAGLE ROCK -- Nine homeschool students and a parent learned how to decorate cookies and cakes Thursday at Eagle Rock Branch Library.
Holly Hughlett, of Cassville, brought her daughters, Haylea, 10, and Adalyn, 6, and her sons, Isaiah, 9, and Hyrum, 2, to the two-hour class.
"It's fun to get the kids to do things in the community," said Hughlett, who has six children and homeschools four of them. "It's something besides being home."
Each participant made two brownie pops and two cake pops and decorated a cookie and a muffin.
"It's not as hard as it looks," Hughlett said. "It's fun. We probably can do it at home to broaden my children's learning."
Janette Coneby, of Granby, initially taught the participants how to make the brownie and cake pops.
"That is a new craze that is going through right now," said Coneby, who has 12 years of experience in decorating cakes and at least 20 years of experience in the food industry.
She then showed the participants how to use an icing bag to decorate the cookies and the muffins.
"None of these kids said that they had any experience with cake decorating as far as with icing," Coneby said.
She just wanted to plant a seed with the children and let them use their imagination when decorating and making cakes, cookies, muffins and pops.
Even though she is retired, Coneby said she follows an auctioneer, and she serves food out of a trailer.
"I've always been connected to food in a small way," said Coneby, who never taught a class until Thursday.
She said the children did a wonderful job.
The class was a great experience, said Madison Malotte, 13, of Oak Grove.
"We learned stuff that we wouldn't usually learn just anywhere," Malotte said. "We can come here, and it's a free class, and it's just good to be able to interact with other people."
The Homeschool enrichment program is normally from 10 a.m. to noon every third Thursday each month at the library, said Jennifer Cochran, branch supervisor.
The Nov. 13 basket weaving class is closed to new applicants. The program has a carpentry class Dec. 18.
For more information about the homeschool program, people may contact Cochran at firstname.lastname@example.org or 417-271-3186.