Bakery teaches transition skills

Bakery teaches transition skills
Posted on 09/20/2018

Kelly Lane’s PEP class at TC Roberson High School has a baking business that gives students an opportunity to work on many important skills while earning money for class field trips. Ms. Lane started baking with her students as a theme-based enrichment activity, and the response was overwhelming; the class soon began filling special requests for individuals throughout the high school, and in the 2017-2018 school year, Tasty Treats Bakery was born.

Today, the class bakes twice a week, and the menu has included confections such as cakes, chess bars, Rice Krispies Treats and brownies. They sell their goods from the classroom and on the coffee cart operated by Eugene Fortain’s class, and they continue to take special orders on a regular basis. Business has been so swift that last May, Ms. Lane sought donations for a larger capacity commercial-grade compact oven through DonorsChoose.org, and her request was quickly funded. The class began using their new oven this month.

These cooking activities allow Ms. Lane’s students to work on a variety of skills vital to their transition to adult living, including social skills, personal hygiene, teamwork, reading, math, kitchen safety and, of course, cooking. Money raised goes back into Tasty Treats Bakery and helps fund class field trips to destinations such as the Western North Carolina Nature Center.