Homeschool students use imaginations in Eagle Rock

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Janette Coneby, of Granby, teaches Haven Eardley, 11, of Grandview, how to design a cake pop Thursday at a class in the Eagle Rock Branch Library's homeschool enrichment program. Coneby showed the 10 participants how to decorate cookies and cakes. Jason Johnston reporter@cassville-democrat.com

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.

Makayla Malotte, 9, of Oak Grove, grabs a cherry candy decorating string for her cake pop Thursday at a class within Eagle Rock Branch Library's homeschool enrichment program. Jason Johnston reporter@cassville-democrat.com

"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."

Madison Malotte, 13, of Oak Grove, wraps up her cake pop Thursday at Eagle Rock Branch Library. Jason Johnston reporter@cassville-democrat.com

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.

Holly Hughlett, right, of Cassville, squeezes icing onto a cupcake belonging to her daughter, Adalyn, 6, at a Thursday class in the Eagle Rock Branch Library's homeschool enrichment program. Hughlett brought four of her six children to the class. Jason Johnston reporter@cassville-democrat.com

"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.

Jerry Carter, 9, of Grandview, puts icing onto her cupcake Thursday at the Eagle Rock Branch Library. Jason Johnston reporter@cassville-democrat.com

"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 eaglerock@blrlibrary.org or 417-271-3186.

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