Dana and Tyrees

The classroom jobs got a little behind this round, so this is our first entry from one of the Journalists, Dana, and pictures were taken by Tyrees, class photographer.

First of all, good afternoon to you.  I’m going to get right to the point: my experience so far in this class and school as well.  I took on this challenge because I didn’t want to sit in the Ferris Center doing the same things I’ve been doing for years.  I figured an education in something would be more gratifying than just losing more time.

Upon me coming to class, I’ve met some very interesting people.  Everyone has their own character traits that I’ve grown accustomed to.  The class is very accepting and I’ve found that expressing what’s on your mind makes being in class a little more relaxing.

So far, I’ve learned about the importance of preparing food.  Bacteria can easily contaminate food so you have to control time and temperature.  I’ve also learned that personal hygiene plays a very important roll in serving food safely.  ServSafe has opened my consiousness to a higher level with food safety.  There is more to cooking than just cooking: proper preparation is key to making the food safe and also taste even better.  I’ve also learned to pay a lot of attention to the instructors because most of the food information comes from them.

Going back to school has been a great adventure that I hope to travel very far with.

Let peace be with you,


And now for a little look into Dana and Tyrees.  These are writing prompts that we give the students that give them the opportunity to tell their story- where they’re from, what makes up their identity, what are their struggles/joys/surprises. So on.  It’s very open to what they want to write about.  First we’ll read Dana’s, and then Tyrees.

Hi, my name is Dana.

Going back to my school days, I was teased about my name but after giving out a few black eyes, everything kind of went okay.

I had great expectations for life in the past.  I grew up in the Black Power Movement.  My aunt, Frenchella, was a teacher for the Black Panthers, so it was a big structure around me.  I’ve seen a lot of world leaders assassinated for change, different cultures trying to find their way in America.  Baby boomers with differences of opinions, the world constantly growing before my eyes.  Before you knew it, computers and telephones  made their way in my life! Let’s slow this train down.

I came to the bakery because I didn’t want to waste anymore time accomplishing nothing.  Age is just a number; my mind is still ever-ready and the world is still rotating.

Peace out, the world is yours.


My name is Tyrees Scott.


I am a father of three: 2 girls and 1 boy.  I have been married for 10 years and I have four grandkids: 3 girls and 1 boy. I come from a family of five.  My brother and sister are my life, as well as my kids and wife.  We were raised to be there for each other and I teach my kids the same as I was taught.

I’m learning that married life is hard work and that in order to have a happy life you must have a happy wife.  My wife has been there for me.  She has taught me to love and receive love.  I used to be a very angry person.  I’ve done time in prison for numerous things.  I’ve learned to take my mistakes and turn them into my victories.  I have dealt with and let go of my past and now I’m ready to go on with my life.

I have a dream of being a home owner and a business owner.  I have my home, now I’m working on my business. That is one of the reasons that I’m doing this program.  I’m currently disabled after a hip replacement, but I know I can make it work as long as I put in the work.

My life has been full of ups and downs, but I wouldn’t change is for the world.  I just lost my oldest bro two months ago, and I must be the person my family looks up to.  In losing my bro, I have hurt, because I feel he chose to leave us.  But I know God is in control and I just keep moving on.


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