Raising the Bar and Breaking the Mold


Can You Smell What These Kids Are Cooking?

This isn't just another home ec class! The Culinary Students at Renaissance High School are working in an on site restaurants do what they love best. The restaurant is open to the public on Thursdays and Fridays during the school year. They've done so well that they've recently received the 2017 Exemplary Award from the Idaho State Department of Education.  They we're also ranked in the Top 5 for culinary programs in the state, the only non university/college to make the list.  Want to see what's on the menu at this nationally accredited restaurant? Find out at The Renaissance Culinary Homepage.

Meridian Mayor's Youth Advisory Council (MYAC)

MYAC is a youth organization, comprised of 9th-12th graders from various West Ada Schools, who are dedicated to helping the community and tackling issues that Meridian teens and the community face throughout Meridian. MYAC has three different subcommittees that focus on different topics and goals, but often work together to work on projects and put on events. Every MYAC member will join one of the three subcommittees: Community Service (CS)Government Affairs (GA), or the Teen Activities Committee (TAC).

Last year, MYAC  used the city’s first participatory-budgeting program to purchase and install nine pieces of outdoor gym equipment adjacent to the playground at Tully Park and just steps from the Bud Porter Pathway. You can see how great that project turned out here: MYAC 2016 Outdoor Park Project.

Want to learn more about this wonderful opportunity for West Ada students? Click here to find out more: Meridian MYAC.

Want to find out how a student can join MYAC or how a business can sponsor the MYAC program, download the forms below.



Who Says You Can't teach a young dog old tricks?

These fifth graders are combining learning a new skill with giving to their community! No, you're eyes don't deceive you, they are all learning to knit. But what are they knitting and who is it for? Why, it's scarves for for the Boise Rescue Mission! Find out more on KTVB's new story, West Ada fifth-graders knit scarves, blankets for Boise Rescue Mission