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St. Nicholas students bake bread for needy families

St. Nicholas Catholic School students recently put their academic and culinary skills to use to help the community.

On March 26, students in grades four through seven participated in King Arthur Flour’s nationwide “Bake for Good: Kids” campaign to feed the hungry. St. Nicholas was one of just five western Washington schools to host the event. King Arthur’s Flour presented a live, interactive demo for the students, sharing helpful tips on the art of bread-making. The company provided the students with a bread-making kit and tasked them with preparing and baking two loaves of bread: one to enjoy at home and one to donate to a local food bank.

St. Nicholas students rose to the challenge. They put their newfound baking skills to work, and on March 30, proudly presented 65 loaves of bread to a representative of the St. Nicholas Parish Food Bank. The food bank will redistribute the bread to Gig Harbor families in need.

The “Bake for Good: Kids” program mirrors the values the school instills in its students.

“At St. Nicholas Catholic School, the emphasis is not only on education, but also on service to the community,” said Sarah Boyd, the school’s fourth grade teacher. “As teachers, we stress to our students that we should love others as Jesus loved us, serve God by serving the poor, and be generous in spirit. The Bake for Good: Kids’ program is an opportunity for our students to see those ideas put into action, and to realize that they can make a difference in the life of someone else.”

Since 1995, St. Nicholas has provided the Gig Harbor community with a unique educational opportunity that fosters academic excellence and nurtures a community of disciples. The school offers a strong academic curriculum, based in the Catholic faith, to students in preschool through eighth grade.