continued King Arthur Flour is based in Norwich, Vt.
Paula Gray, King Arthur baking instructor, said bread baking teaches many skills.
“It’s a hands-on way for kids to learn math, science and cultural traditions all while having fun,” Gray said. “The program helps involve children with community service, too. They’re learning the value and the joy of giving something back to the community. Food pantries are delighted to have loaves of freshly baked homemade bread to offer the people they serve.”
O’Bryan learned about the King Arthur program while taking a class last summer at the company’s Norwich facility.
“It was a two day wood-fired baking class, and I loved it,” she said. “During the course of that class, I struck up a conversation with the instructor's assistant. Her name was Gina, and she is an employee there at the baking center. When she learned that I was a teacher, she asked me if I knew about their free outreach program, which I didn’t.
“They travel around the country educating kids about baking, and healthy eating,” O’Bryan said. “I filled out an application, had many conversations with Paula Gray, the director of the program, and was approved for King Arthur to come here to our school.”
King Arthur Flour, founded in 1790, is America’s oldest flour company and the largest educator of home bakers in the world.