Charcuterie Club is a great way for high school students to 'meat'

Posted at 7:10 AM, Nov 30, 2022
and last updated 2022-12-02 14:16:51-05

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. — There’s a club at Monacan High School that students can really sink their teeth into.

"I've always wanted to make a club," high school senior Jack Alexander Cheatham said. “I feel like they're very valuable for building a stronger community. And it's just a good way to meet friends. And I love food, so I wanted to tie it in somehow."

The Charcuterie Club is a great way to “meat” new friends. It’s a club made for being social.

When Jack pitched the idea to counselor Jacki Slemaker, the club's sponsor at Monacan, he told her “sweet dreams are made of cheese."

“I thought it was only going to be a handful of kids hanging out after school. And it's kind of taken on a life of its own," said Slemaker.

"I was surprised too!" exclaimed Jack. “Just a lot of people showed up!"

Nearly 100 students meet weekly for some amazing grazing. Socializing is perfectly paired with a little education.

Meeting in the library, students can look up countries where certain charcuterie items originated.

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The Charcuterie Club at Monacan High School (November 30, 2022)

Jack is also learning something about himself. "I learned how to speak in front of people. I mean, if you had told me two years ago that I was doing an interview on the news, I would have been like, what is wrong with you?!"

Fun? You feta believe it!

Building a love of charcuterie… is Building Better Minds.

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