Culinary Challenge The winners of this year's first quarter Culinary Challenge Competition served their winning Raw Chicken Trolls — wild rice chicken quesadillas with grilled green beans — for lunch at Middlebrook prior to winter break. Eighth graders Karl Pfieffer, Bianca Rueter, Natalie Sreckovic, Robert Viguls and Nicholas Saldanha created the dish, which the judges chose because of its healthy, colorful plate and huge flavor. Middlebrook eighth graders participate in a Culinary Challenge Competition each semester. Sixteen eighth grade teams competed in the first semester competition. Helping DCF The Middlebrook Support Center raised a record high $3,101 for the Connecticut Department of Children and Families (DCF) through its annual bake sale, with baked goods supplied by students and parents. DCF will use the money for holiday gifts and to support children in foster care. As community service projects, seventh and eighth graders wrapped presents for DCF’s holiday party and sixth graders created 150 candy bags to be given to foster children at the party. Box Tops for Education Middlebrook’s Box Tops for Education earnings for March through November 2015 totaled $411.40. The school encourages students to keep bringing in their box tops from General Mills’ products. Collection boxes are located in the school’s visitor’s booth and main office.