Cookie Cafe

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  1. kpbaseballmom

    kpbaseballmom Member

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    As stated on the parent's page, the CC would like to know what the current mids and the recently graduated think of CC. Does CC help morale at KP, relieve any stress for the mids? Is CC worth keeping? Do you think the admin understands the contribution of CC to the mids' morale? Is any contribution of CC limited to just the cookies, or is it something more than that? Would it be of no consequence if CC does not continue? Does CC influence how you view KP?
     
  2. Lynpar

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    Not the response you asked for but I know my DS is looking forward to it next year. I sure hope you get the feedback you need to continue. I also liked reading that your feelings are that this is a ministry of sorts. I am not talking about religion but personal support. An opportunity to be there for the mids when parents and grandparents can't be. I know our kids are young adults and this education is all about creating mature merchant mariners and officers but the value of friendly council is an appealing thought at least for me. Please keep this going. I want to have hot cider again this year the night you do. Thanks for the recipe.

    Oops, I don't know if you are personally involved kpbaseballmom, I was was speaking to Mrs Cookie Cafe ( whoever that is)
     
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  3. Sea Faring Moose Mom

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    No tampering with cc

    Just talk with DD (1/C). Refer to the title please! As a Mid and Parent, who can NOT see, hear, taste, know the value of home cooked baked goods when far away from home.

    ARE YOU CRAZY????? :confused: Morale, a break from Delano, 'someone from another state actually cares about me....they don't even know me', time to sit and talk with friends or other Mids...., even when taking cookies back to their room to study....'someone was thinking of me and made Chocolate Chip Cookie or Brownies to die for...'

    WHO in their RIGHT mind would ever consider doing away or questioning CC's worth??? They have never been on the webpage to see the faces on the Mids with 25 cookies on their one plate and cup of hot chocolate on a cold winter's day.

    Just have 'them' call me and my DD!!!!! :mad:
     
  4. KPDD2014MOM

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    Have to say DD LOVES it and even her coach made a comment when I said in an e-mail I was home baking 20+ dozen cookies to ship up - he said keep baking cookie cafe is awesome! I believe it is certainly recognized as valuable to anyone who works closely with the mids.
     
  5. debcst

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    I didn't know what this was so I went here to check it out

    http://www.kpcookiecafe.com/

    Wow! Inspirational!

    Anything like this at any of the other academies?
     
  6. Mikesdad

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    I would like to send a check to Cookie Cafe.....a bag of flour, chocolate chips, oatmeal......I hear nothing but very positive things about CC from my son...please give me an address and who do I write it too. Thanks
     
  7. KP13Mom

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    Mikesdad,
    There is a paypal link on the kp cookie cafe website, http://www.kpcookiecafe.com/. If you would prefer to send a check, please PM me and I can forward that info to you.

    Thank you for your support!
     
  8. kpfran14

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    I enjoy baking and sending in the cookies and brownies. My DS loves being able to go and enjoy conversation with all since that is where everyone can talk to everyone. My hope is that whoever is questioning the value of CC has not talked to the mids.:thumb:
     
  9. ProudMom2014

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    For those questioning the value of CC have never attended..... or son't understand the pressure the Mids are under and what it's like to relax for a few minutes. Either that or they just don't understand "young adults" college students that are far from home and don't get to see family or friends often! It is comforting to know that there is someone on the campus that will give my DS a hug or pep talk when needed and even pointed in the right direction when needed. Sour Grapes to those questioning the value of this.....:unhappy:
     
  10. KTB8

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    My son loves the Cookie Cafe. It gives him a chance to see and chat with fellow students he has not seen during the week. He loved the entertainment during the holidays and all the laughing they did. I got the oportunity to visit the CC. I saw the ministries in action. There were many students that got hugs and gave hugs to Cookie Mom. She always asked them how they were doing. Many students were openly sharing about their week. Cookie Cafe Dad spent time in some deep private conversations with students. If they were down when they arrived they left in happier spirits. These students truely valued their time at the Cafe. As the students came through the cookie line at the cafe they looked at all the tags to see who sent the cookies. Some of the students took the cookies just because they knew the family that sent them. Then you would hear them tell others. I felt very fortunate to have spent the day in the CC. It is one way I can give my son something that he misses from home. The Cookie Cafe Rocks!
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  11. H20Bug1

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    Don't know if this helps... I am not much of a cook, let alone baker. Always thought that my cooking is more like chemistry lab gone bust. HOWEVER... after going to the Cookie Cafe website, I decided it's worth stepping way out of my comfort zone and learning to bake. I started "practicing" on my younger son last week, stuffing new cookies into his lunch bag and asking for feedback. He says his friends eat them, seem to like them and so far no one has gotten sick... I will also be making a $ donation to the Cafe to help with the cause!
     
  12. cookiecafemom

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    See for yourself

    I started baking cookies four years ago at Land Hall as a way to spend time waiting for my ride home after Band of Sisters meetings. Each week the numbers got larger with no advertising just mids telling their friends. When I was up to marathoning baking at home 4 days a week, the parents stepped in and volunteered to have Parents Groups send cookies. We put them in our freezer and bring them down early Thursday mornings. Right now we have hundreds of parents from all over US sending homebaked cookies. It is a way that we can all show love to the mids and encourage them each week. We have gone up to as many as 520 students in an afternoon, and parents groups sending 200-300 dozen cookies a week. On holidays we try to do special things like a karoke, decorating Christmas ornaments for gifts, making gingerbread houses, etc.

    Anyone who questions the worth of Cookie Cafe has should come for a day and see for yourself. It is one of the greatest morale boosters KP has, ask the students. We are there to give hugs of encouragement, a listening ear, my husband graduated from KP, was a prof, ran CAORF for 9 years, sailed for 12 years, he knows their world and is there for them. Everything is done on a volunteer basis and is costing the academy nothing. The students just relax, visit with friends, laugh, and enjoy meeting other students.

    The school did a cute video of Cookie Cafe, go to You tube and type in
    "Kings Point Spotlight Cookie Cafe. It is done to the music of Cookie Monster.

    As far as the other academies NO, they do not have anything like this at all. But every single academy has come to ask how we do it, and how did all the parents across US get mobilized to work together? The parents are mobilized because we have a very special group of parents who really care for the students. It's as simple as that.

    Cookie Cafe's secret is all the wonderful parents and relatives who want to show love in a very practical way to their mids at KP. The students, each week, get the message of love loud and clear, and appreciate it very much. It makes their week go better. Cookie Cafe is helping the morale, the grades, and the regiment by providing an oasis.

    Come visit Cookie Cafe, you will leave smiling and knowing why it's important to the mids.
     
  13. Luigi59

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    Who is questioning its worth? :confused:

    Is the cookie cafe in imminent danger of going away?
     
  14. 1tallpoppy

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    From the volunteer side, Cookie Cafe is strong as ever. Parents are very enthusiastic to bake and send stuff to eat, and I assume the financial donations have been enough to cover expenses. So there is no problem with, or reason why the organized process can't continue.

    The threat seems to be a lack of interest or support or understanding on the part of a few of the high-ranking people who run KP. Cookie Cafe doesn't cost KP a penny, Land Hall is left in better condition that it started each Thursday and as far as the positive impact it has on the students, that is immeasurable.

    What might help, as stated in the original post that began this thread, is having parents and students give feedback to the email address on the Cookie Cafe website. http://www.kpcookiecafe.com/
     
  15. 2013Parent

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    When did the threat come to light? What is being communicated? Is it being communicated to the Guests
     
  16. Suzie

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    Cookie Cafe is awesome and I know that my DS is looking so forward to it! I already have my sister in Arizona on alert to start baking along with myself and friends from church.:shake:
     
  17. mrstweedy

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    Hi Suzie,

    Welcome to Cooke Cafe, and bigger than that, congratulations on your son's appointment to KP! It's an amazing experience! I help KPCookieMom with making sure that there are enough incoming cookies, and will be your liaison with her when sending them. We ABSOLUTELY can't have Cookie Cafe work without the help of the loving parents who bake and send cookies, and who send financial donations. BOTH are so important. In past years (2007-2010) Cookie Cafe had financial support from the Chapel Fund. This year (2010-2011), that changed and KP parents stepped up and supported Cookie Cafe 100% (along with 2 generous donations from USAA) to unburden KP from any costs, but the parents have been thrilled to carry CC for their kids.

    More and more supplemental organizations, like your church, have made it possible to generate enough cookies each week. And I thank you in advance for your helping along with that! The students LOVE it when organizations are willing to help out with Cookie Cafe. Once your son is there, you will have a true appreciation of how wonderful the weekly respite Cookie Cafe offers his regimental life.

    Best to you and your family, as you drop your son off at Indoc. You will be amazed at the things he will be challenged with, and what he will gain. And, if you are game at making the trip, you are ALWAYS welcome to come to Cookie Cafe and enjoy the happiness.

    For more information, please go to http://www.kpcookiecafe.com/
     

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