Holy Cross preschool students try their own hand at making pizza

BATAVIA – Given that cheese and sauce are his favorite pizza toppings, it is not surprising that 4-year-old Hughston Walker of Batavia decided to put them on the pizza he was making Monday at Chicago Pizza and Catering of Batavia.

"I just like them," Hughton said, grinning.

Hughton is a preschool student at Holy Cross Catholic School in Batavia. He and his fellow classmates were given the chance to make their own pizzas at the restaurant.

This was his first experience making an actual pizza.

"He's made pizzas before on his iPad," said his father, Scott Walker.

The family has previously ordered from Chicago Pizza, and Walker said he was anxious to bite into his son's creation.

"I like the sauce on their pizzas," he said. "I'm sure it will be good."

This is the fourth year Holy Cross students have taken part in the activity at Chicago Pizza.

"It's always been a fun project," Holy Cross preschool teacher Patty Mullins said. "At school, we make paper plate pizzas."

Guiding the students through the process was Chicago Pizza owner Moiz Kanchwala, who said he enjoyed working with the kids.

"These are beautiful kids," Kanchwala said. "Three or four different schools come every year. It's something nice to do. My own children are grown."

Five-year-old Faith Muetze of Batavia decided to put cheese and pepperoni on her pizza.

"I like them on my pizza," she said. "Pepperoni is my favorite. Sometimes the pepperoni is spicy."

At home, Faith spends a lot of time in the kitchen.

"We bake all the time at home," said her mother, Brandi Muetze. "She likes to help. She mostly likes to play with the dough."