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Exceptional Learners Participate in Day-End Dough Nation Program
Monday, November 20, 2017
On Tuesday mornings, the scent of baked goods wafts through the hallways of the F. Donald Myers Education Center near the School to Work program classrooms. Not only is there a sweet smell in the air, but there is also a feeling of satisfaction. That is because students and staff are busy making care packages for 19 families in need.
WSWHE BOCES Exceptional Learners Division recently started to participate in Panera Bread’s Day-End Dough-Nation, where the company shares their unsold bread and bakery products with non-profit organizations, churches and schools who help address the need for food distribution in our communities and help in the effort to fight food insecurity.
Principal Shawn Hunziker collects the donations every week and brings the items to school. Students in the School to Work program sort, wrap and deliver the bread and bakery items to identified families.
Austin Reed of Gloversville CSD says, “I love to help.”
School To Work Instructor Ruth O’Connor says “not only are we are grateful to Panera for the opportunity to help families in need, we are also thankful to them for giving our students a way to make a difference in their community.”
Staff and student wrap the baked goods.
Instructor Ruth O'Connor guides the operation.