June 24

Desert Sands Unified School District: Our Biggest Summer Program Yet

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In 2023, we embarked on an exciting journey with Desert Sands USD, starting with 17 sites. The success and enthusiasm of the students and staff were so remarkable that our program quickly expanded to 21 sites. This partnership has flourished beyond our expectations, setting new standards for what we can achieve together.

Record-Breaking Summer Program

Desert Sands USD has become our top client in terms of revenue, and their trust in us led to our most ambitious summer program to date. With a $500k investment, we delivered 900 workshops to 600 students over just 19 days. This intense and rewarding experience showcased the incredible impact of our Healthy Culinary workshops on the La Quinta, CA student body.

A Partnership Built on Trust

Kirstin Knapp, the Director of Expanded Learning Opportunities at DSUSD, has been an exceptional partner. Her vision for integrating cooking into the curriculum and her unwavering support have been pivotal. Kirstin and her team have pioneered the introduction of Healthy Culinary workshops, significantly enriching the educational experience for students.

The overwhelming success of the summer program solidified our relationship, opening doors for further collaboration. Desert Sands USD’s commitment to providing enriching after-school programs has been inspiring, and we are honored to be a part of their journey.

Staffing Made Simple

Working with a large district like Desert Sands USD simplifies our staffing logistics. Our 6-Day Rule ensures that we have enough Chef Teachers on standby to handle any unexpected changes, maintaining our high success rate. With the ability to hire and maintain a robust team of Chef Teachers, we can confidently fulfill our commitments and exceed expectations.

Looking Ahead

The success with Desert Sands USD is a testament to the effectiveness of our programs and the strength of our partnerships. We are excited to continue this journey and expand our reach to more districts.

We invite you to bring LIFT Enrichment to your school’s after-school programs. Our cooking classes are designed to be educational, interactive, and enjoyable, providing students with valuable life skills that extend beyond the kitchen. By incorporating our program, you can create a holistic learning environment that promotes health, wellness, and inclusivity.

Working Together

Interested in learning more about how LIFT Enrichment can enhance your after-school programs? Book a meeting with us today to discuss how we can work together to bring these exciting cooking experiences to your school. Together, we can inspire a new generation of healthy, confident, and capable young chefs.


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Eric Horwitz

About LIFT

Eric founded LIFT Enrichment in 2010 because he wanted to help young kids develop their culinary skills so they could make healthy foods for friends and family for the rest of their lives.  He has worked with kids for over 15 years and enjoys their energy and enthusiasm for learning new things.  Eric studied abroad in Italy while at UCLA and discovered a passion for cooking.  

Eric Horwitz, Ceo of Lift

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