The King Arthur Flour Company of Norwich, Vt., wants to teach Parsippany kids the power of baking one's own bread.
To pass on the traditional pastime, a company representative is going on tour next week to visit seven New Jersey schools to teach students how to bake fresh homemade bread from scratch through its Life Skills Bread Baking Program.
On the itinerary are Northvail and Intervale elementary schools.
“The Life Skills Program has three goals: learn, bake, share,” said Paula Gray, who manages King Arthur Flour's Life Skills program. “The cross-curricular program includes math, science, reading, following directions and more; baking is a practical application of those skills and students are eager to use and share their newfound knowledge by baking for others.
"Plus, they get to eat some of their homework!”
The program comes to Northvail on Thursday, Jan. 31, and to Intervale on Friday, Feb. 1.
Following the presentation, students will receive ingredients, including King Arthur White Whole Wheat Flour, to take home. They are encouraged to bake two loaves of bread—one for them to keep and another to bring back to school for donation to a number of area nonprofits that serve the hungry, including Morristown's Market Street Mission, the Community Soup Kitchen of Morristown, and the city's Soup Kitchen Church of the Redeemer.
Now in its 20th year, the free Life Skills Bread Baking Program supports King Arthur Flour’s stated mission to inspire and educate bakers of all ages and skill levels. Nearly 200,000 fourth- through seventh-grade students across the country have benefitted from the program.