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5:57 AM Thu, Nov. 15th

Students learn math concepts using pizzas

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Nadine McGee, general manager of Domino’s in Prescott, works with Taylor Hicks student Ayden Torres, 8, on building a pizza Thursday morning.

Matt Hinshaw/The Daily Courier<br> Nadine McGee, general manager of Domino’s in Prescott, works with Taylor Hicks student Ayden Torres, 8, on building a pizza Thursday morning.

Seven-year-old Nate Crawford made his favorite food, pepperoni pizza, Thursday morning.

Nate and his classmates in Kristi Spengler's B.E.S.T. ("Building Essential Skills and Techniques") class at Taylor Hicks Elementary School celebrated a pizza unit by visiting Domino's Pizza in Prescott.

Spengler used pizzas to teach her kindergarten through second-grade students math concepts, and sorting and layering techniques.

"This was a fun way to finish the unit," she said.

Her students agreed - especially since Domino's General Manager Nadine McGee helped each of them make their own personal pizza.

The Domino's staff prepared the crust and applied the sauce to each of the pizzas. Then the students went to work, adding cheese and favorite toppings.

With so many toppings to choose from, Spengler said just one student chose only cheese.

Seven-year-old Joceline Hardy said it was fun to use pizzas to learn about math. She also learned that anchovies are a fish. Joceline was a little disappointed that Domino's did not have anchovies to top her pizza.

McGee said the students "liked the walk-in refrigerator, but they thought it was a little cold."

McGee likes conducting school tours and "reaching out to the schools. It is so much fun. We have conducted school tours before, but these students were the best. This was a blast."

Spengler tries to take her students on a field trip twice a month.

"We study the community and its workers. It is good for the kids and I think it is good for the businesses. We have always had a wonderful experience," the teacher noted.

The students, wearing their field trip t-shirts, left Domino's just in time to return to school, wash their hands and get ready for lunch - the pizzas they made themselves.