Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

October 22, 2013

Students bake up a lesson to feed the hungry


The Andover Townsman

---- — Wood Hill Middle School students recently got a lesson in bread making, feeding the hungry and family togetherness — all rolled into one.

King Arthur Flour Co., based in Norwich, Vt., started the sixth- and seventh-graders kneading as part of its mission to teach kids how to bake bread at home and then share it with others.

The flour company visits schools to promote this life skills program and its three goals — learn, bake and share.

Andover applied to take part in the project three years ago, Wood Hill Middle School Principal Patrick Bucco said.

“It was impressive how many students participated. ... It was a great experience for everyone involved and beyond bringing in some of the curriculum standards, it also was a great lesson in citizenship and the importance of giving back,” Bucco wrote in an email.

After the demonstration by King Arthur Flour, the school’s dough boys and girls tested out their bread-making skills at home, baking more than 200 loaves that they then donated to Cor Unum food pantry in Lawrence.

Food pantry director Diane Jenkins visited Wood Hill to explain where the bread would be going and how it would aid the hungry in the region.

Beyond the community benefit, Bucco hopes the exercise also strengthened the family unit.

“Hopefully the families got some time in the kitchen together, which is so important to slow down and walk away from technology and enjoy time together,” he said.

— Judy Wakefield, staff writer