Baking Bread and Paying It Forward

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Thursday March 22, 2012

Thursday, March 15, Chamberlin Elementary School’s 3rd through 5th grade students participated in the Life Skills Bread Baking Program offered by the King Arthur Flour Company of Norwich, Vermont. During the 50-minute demonstration on the bread baking process that included student volunteers, a baking instructor from King Arthur Flour Company demonstrated how to make basic hearth bread as well as cinnamon rolls.  A variety of bread shaping techniques were also demonstrated. All of the students learned that with a little baking instruction and a little science, they can bake their own bread. 

The next day, those same students received yeast, flour, a scraper and recipes to bake two loaves of bread at home. Families were asked to return one loaf of bread after the weekend, which would be donated to the Salvation Army, the Burlington Emergency Shelter, and the Burlington Food Shelf.  The school donated 140 loaves of bread to our community!

In addition to this assembly, which was organized by Library Media Specialist, Cally Flickinger, the Chamberlin guidance counselor, Dean Melen, helped second graders bake 135 muffins to be added to the bread donations.  Second-graders worked in teams to use their math and science cooking skills to follow a muffin recipe.   Through the process of baking, our 2nd through 5th graders learned valuable cooking skills and the power of community service.

SOURCE: Chamberlin Elementary School