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WEST HARTFORD - About a dozen children stand around a unique kitchen, located between the produce department and the check-out aisles at ShopRite in West Hartford.

They listen intently, as experts guide them through the preparation of sweet potato hash. "They are a little bit sweeter than your regular white potato," says Shana Griffin, ShopRite's on-staff registered dietitian.

"They contain a lot of vitamin A and vitamin C."

The culinary class — called Get Cooking! — is designed for kids age 8 to 11. The four-week, after-school program is just one of the efforts by Growing Great Schools (GGS), a West Hartford-based non-profit dedicated to creating a culture of wellness for children and families. The organization was created in 2010.

Click here for the entire column from The Hartford Courant.

Click here to find out about new Get Cooking! classes, coming up at the Mandell JCC.

Cooking Class Shana