There is nothing like coming home after a long day that included an end of the year Girl Scout ceremony, a swollen ankle, and a kid overcoming a sickness, only to have to bake four dozen cupcakes for school the next morning.
It’s the annula bakery for my son’s class, which is a great experience for him and his classmates, and it’s certainly appreciated by all of the kids in the school, but for the parents of the class, the ones who have to bake the goodies, it’s kind of a pain. Especially at 10 p.m. when I have an assembly line of cupcakes ahead of me.
For the bakery, the kids in the kindergarten-first grade class take turns working shifts in a little wooden bakery house, and another few take turns working the milk table, and over the three day period, all of the other classes in the school come to visit, with quarters, dimes, and nickels in hand, to buy baked goods. For the k-1 kids, it’s not so much about math and learning to make change, but to gain confidence dealing with people older. They need to step up to the much taller students, ask if they could help them, take their order, take their money, give change, hand over the baked goods and hopefully, thank them for their business. Age and height don’t translate into importance. Just because a one child is taller and/or older, doesn’t mean they are more important, or more in charge, is essentially the lesson. It’s about dealing with grownups too, as teachers come by to place orders, as well. It’s a great confidence builder.
The other lesson being reinforced is charity and helping others as all of the money goes to the Second Harvest Share Your Lunch program, a food bank the kids have supported all year through canned drives and a visit to their facilities. For the kids, the best part is at the end of the week when the crew gets to devour any leftovers. After a few days of great willpower shown by serving and not eating the sweets, the kids get to sample everything.
All of this is great, except for when it comes to baking. Each family is responsible for eight dozen treats, and because I missed the sign up sheet when it first posted, I got stuck making four dozen cupcakes. I’m half finished, and then it’s on to four dozen Rice Krispy Treats. My part will be finished on Thursday, but getting there, to the end of the eight dozen, makes Thursday feel far, far away.
The Share Your Lunch program helps provide lunch to hungry school children who don’t have access to free school lunches during vacation time. Each $1 donated provides two healthy meals to Silicon Valley children children in need. It’s a great program where a small donation can make a big difference.