Food can enhance anything, even studying for the ACT.

At the Elliott Test Kitchen in down- town Fort Madison, the former helps the latter.

The Elliott Test Kitchen and The Test Kitchen Education was formed in December 2015 to provide students a place to go after school for help with homework and to learn basic cooking skills.

Kumar Wickramasingha oversees the kitchen and spearheaded the push to host ACT prep courses, while serving ne dining. The ACT (American College Testing) exam is a college readiness assessment for high school achievement and college admissions in the United States.

“My goal was to get 10 kids and one teacher,” Kumar said Monday afternoon. “I put the food as bait, so teachers get awesome food, and it’s been very suc
cessful. I’ve had about 20 kids and four teachers a day, close to 40 teachers have signed up to volunteer their time.”

The idea had legs and students were gathering to study for the ACT when the Spring sports season began.