St. Joseph’s Indian School students recently visited a small commercial popcorn factory in Kimball, South Dakota.

As part of their Personal Living Skills (PLS) class, the seventh-grade Lakota (Sioux) students were learning about careers in the food service industry.

Students learned the factory produces between 1200 and 2000 popcorn balls each day.
Students learned the factory produces between 1200 and 2000 popcorn balls each day.
“It was really interesting to see how they pop all the popcorn and mix it with the other ingredients,” said Kyran. “There’s a high school girl who works part-time, and all she does is pop the popcorn!”

They can make approximately 50 batches of popcorn balls in a day.

The factory produces the popcorn balls from start to finish, complete with sealing them in plastic packages and labeling.
The factory produces the popcorn balls from start to finish, complete with sealing them in plastic packages
and labeling.
“It takes four hours of popping every day,” said Shawn. “We also learned that they have to wash the big kettles every third batch. That’s a lot of washing!”

Personal Living Skills teaches students nutrition and kitchen safety, as well as basic cooking and sewing skills.

This visit aimed to help students explore job options, learn about the responsibilities of workers in a factory and learn how food is kept safe to eat.

Seventh-grade students visited the Original Kimball Popcorn Ball factory as part of their Personal Living Skills class.
Seventh-grade students visited the Original Kimball Popcorn Ball factory as part of their Personal Living
Skills class.

 

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