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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.

— 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.

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