February 24, 2012

IT'S THE ONLY USEFUL THING THEY'LL LEARN THAT WEEK:

Flour, flour everywhere when baking is at hand (Carolyn Ossorio, FEBRUARY 23, 2012, Renton Reporter)

According to the King Arthur Flour website, here's how it works:

Teaching to an audience of students in grades 4, 5, 6, and/or 7, a King Arthur Flour instructor and two student assistants present a 50-minute demonstration on the bread baking process. Then, each future baker takes home materials, including our nutritious whole-grain flour, and the know-how to get baking. Students bake two delicious loaves - one to enjoy, the other for donation to a community organization chosen by the school. King Arthur Flour brings this exciting program to schools FREE of charge.

A FREE program that teaches kids a life skill and the importance of sharing with others. That's a no-brainer.

"Let's do it!" I say.

Things were looking really good when Paula Gray, Life Skills Bread Baking program manager sent me a message that said King Arthur Flour has set aside the week of Feb. 6-10 to visit schools in the area, the first time ever in Washington.

I was "over the moon" excited about this opportunity for our kids.

Until I received word from the contact I'd been working with at the Renton School District.

She said, "I learned from the elementary and middle school staff that they are getting ready to prepare students for testing, so they are unable to fit this program into the early February timeframe.  Unfortunately, we are going to have to pass on your offer."

I'll be honest with you I never imagined ever having this much trouble selling something free -- especially with all the budget cuts.

I understand the importance of testing our kids.

But are our kids really too busy to learn about making bread with their families and giving back to our community? [...]

I hope that the Renton Schools will be the first to experience this amazing program.  Check out Life Skills at King Arthur Flour at http://www.kingarthurflour.com/baking/life-skills-baking.html
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