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National Program Teaches JPPSS Students how to Bake for Good

Paula Gray of King Arthur Flour teaches, from left, Mahir Rahman and Ethan Bunney how to bake bread from scratch during a Bake for Good assembly at the school.

Paula Gray of King Arthur Flour teaches, from left, Mahir Rahman and Ethan Bunney how to bake bread from scratch during a Bake for Good assembly at the school.

Students at Airline Park Academy learned how science and compassion are used in baking when King Arthur Flour’s Bake for Good program made a recent stop at the Jefferson Parish Public School (JPPSS).

“It’s a way to give back to the kids for all they do,” said Airline Park Academy principal Tiffani E. LeBouef. “They’ve been working so hard lately. This was a fun way to give something back.”

Giving back is the main reason Paula Gray of King Arthur Flour visited JPPSS on May 7. The national program, which also visited Gretna No. 2 Academy, teaches students the science behind baking bread. From the centrifugal force used to make pizza dough to the change in matter that occurs in dough as you add flour and stir, a young scientist should feel right at home in the kitchen.

“One thing about baking is that you have to measure exactly,” Gray told the third, fourth, and fifth graders assembled in the Airline Park cafeteria. “It’s critical.”

Onstage, Gray was assisted by Airline Park students Ethan Bunney (dubbed the Duke of Dry Ingredients) and Mahir Rahman (dubbed the Lord of Liquids). While the students in the crowd did not bake during the event, each student was given the tools and ingredients to bake two loaves of bread over the weekend. One baked good they kept for themselves, while the second was brought back to school on Monday to be donated to a local food bank.

“We’ve brought this program to over 35,000 kids,” said Gray. “Right now we’ve also got representatives in Missouri, the New England area, and Oregon.”

King Arthur Flour’s Bake for Good: Kids Program travels the country teaching students how to bake and then share their “homework” with those in need. The organization gives thousands of dollars each year towards this mission in the form of employee time and donations.