Learn, Bake and Share at Local Elementary Schools [SLIDE SHOW]

By: Lanetra Bennett
May 9, 2013

Tallahassee, FL - Some local school students are rolling in the dough -- Literally.

Students at Astoria Park in Tallahassee learned how to bake bread.

Fourth and fifth graders started their morning Thursday by getting a tutorial on how to prepare, measure ingredients, make the dough and bake the bread. Then they got a chance to bake themselves.

It's a part of program called, "Learn, Bake, Share."

Educators say baking helps also teach students about science, math, reading as well as a little art and creativity.

Fourth grader Deandrae McCray says, "We had cinnamon rolls, the difference between how you cut it with the dental floss. It made it like a twirly. So, that was the most fun part."

Paula Gray, the manager of Life Skills Bread Baking Program at King Arthur Flour says, "That's what we hope is that they'll get excited about it. There were about 200 students here. There may be a couple of those kids who really get the spark. They may want to become bakers, or they may get interested in food science or math, or teaching. All of the things that they see will leave an impression on them."

The program will take place at four Leon County Schools.

It's sponsored by King Arthur Flour, Leon County 4-H, and United Health Care.

Students baked two loaves of bread: one to take home, and one to give to the Homeless Shelter.

Press Release: King Arthur Flour

King Arthur Flour®, Leon County 4-H, and United Healthcare are taking math and science into the kitchen through the Life Skills Bread Baking Program® by teaching 500 Leon County students the art of baking bread and the importance of giving back to the community.

WHAT: Astoria Park Elementary, Woodville Elementary, WT Moore Elementary and Cornerstone Learning Community students in grades 4-5 will learn how math and science interact in the kitchen when they spend part of their school day baking bread in a program funded by a new partnership between King Arthur Flour and Leon County 4-H. Youth will learn life skills such as reading, planning, creativity, problem solving, decision making and community service.

After a King Arthur Flour instructor and two student assistants present a baking demonstration, fifteen teachers, administrators, cafeteria personnel and volunteers at Astoria Park and Woodville Elementary will work hands-on with students to prepare and bake over 700 loaves of bread, half of which will be donated to local families in need.

The Life Skills Bread Baking Program® is a national program funded by King Arthur Flour and has reached more than 190,000 students since it began in 1992. Coming to Tallahassee for the first time, the program will provide kids with a fun, real-world application of skills they're already learning in school-math, science, reading, following directions, problem solving, and more. The will use their new bread baking talents to help people in their community through service learning.

UF/IFAS and the Leon County 4-H Program have long been committed to developing life skills in youth. Through the partnership with King Arthur Flour to increase science and math proficiency in Tallahassee youth, 4-H's "learn by doing" motto will be fully embraced during "Learn! Bake! Share!"

WHEN: Thursday, May 9, 2013; 05-09-2013 (Astoria Park Elementary)

9:15 am - 10:55 am (baking demo/dough preparation event open to the media)

Friday, May 10, 2013; 05-10-2013 (Woodville Elementary)

9:45 am - 10:55 Noon (baking demo/dough preparation event open to the media)

WHERE: Thursday: Astoria Park Friday: Woodville Elementary

2465 Atlas Road, Tallahassee, FL 9373 Woodville Highway, Tallahassee, FL

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