Thanks to the Locust Valley Middle School sixth graders, 130 loaves of home-baked bread were donated to those in need within our community. The students were given the tools and ingredients necessary for baking two loaves of bread – one for themselves and one to donate. King Arthur Flour provided the ingredients necessary for baking the bread, through the company’s nationwide program, “Life Skills Bread Baking Program.”

The program is two-fold. Students learn an important skill, which will help them to feed themselves, and they have the opportunity to help others. Mrs. First said the sixth graders enjoyed the program. “Many of them sent photos of themselves baking the bread with their families,” she said. “It was not only a lesson in cooking, but an opportunity to do something with their families and to help those less fortunate. “

The students watched a demonstration on how to bake bread done by representatives of King Arthur Flour, who in total donated $2,000 worth of product to the middle school students. Sixth-grade co-advisors Meris First and Barbara LaBella, with help from the High School Culinary Club, filled bags with the ingredients for each sixth grader to take home. Some young bakers baked alone, some with their parents or grandparents, but they all baked at least two loaves – one for themselves and one to donate. Students brought the bread to school on the same day and the Locust Valley Rotary Club helped the middle school distribute the bread by picking it up and delivering it to The Bayville Inn - St. Gertrude’s.

Mrs. LaBella said this was a wonderful project for the students. “Students learned that there is need everywhere – even where they live,” she explained.