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From the Development Desk: Bread Baking Class—The Recount
Sally Fallon wrote in her book Nourishing Traditions, “if the woman could see the sparks of light going forth from her fingertips when she is cooking and the substance of light that goes into the food she handles, she would be amazed to see how much of herself she charges into the meals that she prepares for her family and friends.” Indeed, when I saw for the first time how Elizabeth English performs her culinary magic, I immediately realized that Sally Fallon wrote the above excerpt with Elizabeth in mind.
Undeniably, the participants of last week's bread baking class experienced first-hand Elizabeth’s loving approach toward meal creation. As every one of us made our own little loaf, we could feel the sense of collective engagement and creation. Candace Purcell, one of the founders of our school, joined us for the afternoon, and she noted that our school is similar to the art of bread making—like yeast in its growth, our school is changing and evolving in an attempt to create something better and larger than itself.
The bread baking class provided us with the opportunity to gather around the table and to get to know one another. As we shared stories and experiences, we strengthened our commitment to the growth and well-being of our school. I especially embrace this story, shared by a mom of one of our early childhood students: on her birthday she asked all of her coworkers, friends, and family members to make a small donation to our school in lieu of a birthday gift. I find such commitment and initiative uplifting and inspirational and I am looking forward to hearing similar accounts, as I know they abound within our community.
Please be on the lookout for the next Bread Baking Class in our new "Let's Start a Conversation" event series, as it truly constitutes a remarkable experience of being part of a creative process almost as ancient as humanity itself. Meanwhile, if you have ideas of how to support our school in its mission in any way, please do not hesitate to contact me at 847 533 2350 or email@example.com.
Director of Development for Da Vinci Waldorf School
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