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Making a Difference, One Loaf at a Time

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Never had homework been so tasty.

Nearly 700 Montgomery County Public Schools fourth graders baked bread for a homework assignment that was a follow up to a field trip to Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus.

During the field trip, students learned the science and math behind making bread, courtesy of a presentation from King Arthur Flour. King Arthur Flour donated enough ingredients and supplies for each student to make two loaves of bread at home. Students enjoyed a loaf with their families and brought the second loaf back to school for donation to Interfaith Works.

In a follow-up presentation a few days later, representatives from JHU and Interfaith Works talked to the students about homelessness in Montgomery County and ways that even children could help each other.

Charlotte Garvey, communications manager of Interfaith Works, explained to students that some days they need help and other days they get to be the helpers. She praised them for working so hard to put smiles on the faces of people who are struggling.

The children absorbed the lesson and quickly learned that if everyone does something small to help, that quickly adds up to making a big difference. They felt empowered, realizing even one loaf of bread could have an impact on someone’s life.

The bread the students made was donated to Interfaith Works Residences program in Silver Spring, which serves those who have experienced chronic homelessness. Some loaves were donated to Interfaith Works Clothing Center in Rockville, which serves economically vulnerable families.

Some bread was donated to Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless.

Approximately 900 people experience homelessness every day in Montgomery County, Garvey said.

CATEGORY: Academics, K-12 Outreach, In The Community