This year the Loaves of Love Project was spearheaded by Lynda DuBois and Christa Backman-Fleischer with assistance from Barbra Davenport. The entire 7th grade population from both Home and Career Skills Classes and Health Classes participated along with the spring semester 8th Grade Home and Career Skills students. Lisa Grassi was instrumental in contacting the local food pantries for deliveries and pick up.

"The Rondout Valley Teacher Federation has been a long-time sponsor of the project. Kim McEvoy and her husband were able to secure low cost baking supplies. Sheryl Delano always drums up support for this project. "The union cares deeply about our students and wants to keep hunger out of the classroom!"

This year we baked in March. The project made a record breaking 383 loaves of bread in 4 days! Loaves were sent to all local food pantries, senior citizen groups, and to town sponsored after school programs. Loaves were sent home in the "Backpack Program" this year!

The Loaves of Love Service Learning Project has a goal to instill the joy of community service into our student population. The joy of giving can be contagious. Many students caught the fever, and a few actually set up a lemonade stand to raise money for local food pantries! "It is certainly the highlight of our school year when we hear back from the community members that we are making a difference!"