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Students bake bread for others

Program leads to community service

Paula Gray, King Arthur baking instructor, shows Tori Lobdell and Lindsay Jordon how to bake bread. Ticonderoga Elementary School, Putnam Central School and St. Mary’s School students learned how to bake bread during an assembly Nov. 18. Students were then given the necessary ingredients and asked to bake two loaves of bread at home — one for their family and another to be donated to residents of Lord Howe Estates and Montcalm Manor.

Paula Gray, King Arthur baking instructor, shows Tori Lobdell and Lindsay Jordon how to bake bread. Ticonderoga Elementary School, Putnam Central School and St. Mary’s School students learned how to bake bread during an assembly Nov. 18. Students were then given the necessary ingredients and asked to bake two loaves of bread at home — one for their family and another to be donated to residents of Lord Howe Estates and Montcalm Manor. Photo by Nancy Frasier.

— A group of Ticonderoga residents enjoyed fresh, home-made bread with their Thanksgiving dinner this year.

Ticonderoga Elementary School students, with help from the King Arthur Flour company, learned how to bake bread during an assembly Nov. 18. Students were then given the necessary ingredients and asked to bake two loaves of bread at home — one for their family and another to be donated to residents of Lord Howe Estates and Montcalm Manor.

St. Mary’s School and Putnam Central School students also took part in the program.

Shari O’Bryan, a Ticonderoga teacher and avid baker, arranged the program.

“There are several things I hope to gain from this assembly,” O’Bryan said. “First, is probably for students to experience the joy of baking their own bread and from having a project that they can do at home with a family member. 

“Second, I love the idea that they bake one loaf for home, and then bring one back to donate to members of our community,” she said. “It really is never too early to get kids thinking about giving back, and how rewarding that is.  It’s also nice that the assembly will address some math and science as well.”

The King Arthur Flour Life Skills Bread Baking Program visits schools across the country. In the past decade it has taught more than 155,000 children how to bake bread. Students bake the bread at home with their families, then bring a loaf back to school to be donated to a local food pantry or others.

King Arthur Flour also incorporates whole grains into the demonstration, teaching children what whole grains are, why they’re important in a healthy diet, and how to use them in everyday baking. Each student receives bags of both King Arthur All-Purpose Flour and King Arthur 100% Organic White Whole Wheat Flour to help them bake healthy breads at home.

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