. His unifying motto: “Where there is ramen, there are new friends.”
What does Ramen Club do? “We plan ramen parties, talk about ramen, make ramen jokes,” says freshman member Brennan Mills, who owns an “I ♥ Ramen” T-shirt and eats dry ramen noodles out of the bag like potato chips every day for lunch to stretch his allowance money.
The club has attracted a diverse group of almost 50 students because “everybody has a ramen story,” says economics teacher and club sponsor Bill Sanderson.
Sanderson has been telling students his ramen story for years. It dates back to his first year of teaching: While straining to pay off student loans and coaching three sports, which left him little time to cook, he subsisted on ramen topped with canned chili and cut-up hotdogs.
Not exactly a gourmet feast but “every year I have a few kids who make what has become known as Sanderson Stew,” he says.