I know I'm slow in replying, but you might consider getting your school to buy a big electric skillet or two. They're easy to put at a lower table level if needed. My mom taught us how to cook at a very early age using this as an invaluable tool. It sounds like your teaching life skills, and it is super for cooking up simple meat dishes -- plain pork chops, burgers, sloppy joes, scrambled eggs. I don't know what level and age your 'kids' are at, but it is a pretty good tool for teaching some basics beyond microwave.