New image for Pine Manor community
FORT MYERS, Fla, - A New culinary training institute right in the heart of Pine Manor just opened its doors.
It's within walking distance for people who live there that provides them a safe place
to learn and thrive, not just survive.
Chef James Edwards Frasier teaches his students about the basics of restaurant food preparation.
For Leanna Banks the school is a place to cook up some big dreams.
Banks hopes to enroll in the new 18 month intensive culinary program to turn her life around.
Living here hasn't always been easy for people like Leanna.
The Sheriff's Department sees this school as a creative tool to solve a serious problem of constant crime and violence.
The school just opened its doors and not a moment too soon.
Along with learning how to prepare restaurant quality food,Students will also learn about growing vegetables and sustainable urban farming.
In fact this property will soon be cleared for crops so they can grow vegetables.
In the meantime, you can smell change is in the air at pine manor and the culinary school has a clear purpose.