America’s Oldest Flour Company Teaches New Hampshire Students to Bake, Give Back to the Community Fremont & Newmarket Kids Eat their Homework when King Arthur Comes to Town!
On a mission to share the tradition of baking bread at home, The King Arthur Flour Company of Norwich, Vt., will visit the Ellis School in Fremont, N.H., on Thursday, February 10, 2011; and the Newmarket Elementary and Junior/Senior High Schools in Newmarket, N.H., on Friday, February 11, 2011, to teach 560 fourth- through seventh-grade students to bake fresh, nutritious bread from scratch through its Life Skills Bread Baking Program.
Assemblies will be held in the Ellis School gym at 8:45 a.m. on Feb. 10; and in the Newmarket Junior/Senior High School cafeteria at 10:20 a.m., and the Newmarket Elementary cafeteria at 1:30 p.m. on Feb. 11. Students will then use their newfound skill – along with ingredients donated by King Arthur Flour – to bake their own loaves for donation to the Fremont Food Pantry, and the Mules Market and Newmarket Community Church in Newmarket.
The King Arthur Flour Life Skills Bread Baking Program visits 4th-7thgraders in schools across the country and in the past decade has taught more than 120,000 schoolchildren 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 homeless shelter.
King Arthur Flour also incorporates whole grains into the demonstration, teaching kids 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.
Life Skills Instructor Gina Ciancia says she loves teaching children the skill of bread baking – a hands-on way for kids to learn math, science, and cultural traditions all while having fun – and hopes they bring that skill home and share it with loved ones. The program helps involve children with community service, too; “They’re learning the value and the joy of giving something back to the community,” she says. “Food pantries are delighted to have more than 500 loaves of freshly baked homemade bread to offer the people they serve.”
Teachers are also enthusiastic about the unique learning opportunities afforded by the Life Skills Bread Baking Program, through which students can see, feel and consume what they’ve learned. “The combination of our school’s activities, King Arthur Flour’s demonstrations, and providing both the recipe and ingredients for families worked its magic,” said one teacher. “Students brought more than 300 loaves of bread to school with them on Monday morning.”
King Arthur Flour, founded in 1790, is America’s oldest flour company and the largest educator of home bakers in the world. To learn more, visit kingarthurflour.com.