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Breaktime Bakery

Last week I visited the Breaktime Bakery at New City Neighbors where middle school kids are hard at work this summer baking cookies, cinnamon rolls, breads and more.

Name: Tiffany

Age: 12

School: Knapp Charter Academy

Summer Job: Bakery

Dream Job: Pediatrician

Favorite Subject: English

First I got to talk to Tiffany and she explained how the bakery operates. The kids come in from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday. When they arrive, they put on their aprons and hairnets, pick partners for the day and get to work on their first recipe. Each pair of two moves quickly from one recipe to the next until they have everything they need for the day. The store opens at 12:30 and the kids have different shifts, rotating who is working in the store and who is completing their other daily tasks.

What is your favorite thing about your job? Baking and sometimes being in the store because you get to  meet new people coming into the store. It’s kind of like a real job, you know, you get to do the cashier and then you have to pack them up, it’s kind of fun.

What do you think is the most important thing you learn while working? Math skills. Like measuring, knowing how much you have to put in to the recipe. And job skills. Eric [Executive Director] talks a lot about that. Like if you’re working a daily job, you can’t just stop in the middle and play something. He teaches us to keep working at it and to work with other people.

How do you think this will help you get a job in the future? This gives you a lot of experience of what’s ahead of you. If I had an interview to work in a bakery, I would already have experience of how it works so I would have an advantage.

Name: Avrey

Age: 10

School: Kenowa Hills Middle School

Summer Job: Bakery

Dream Job: Businessman

Favorite Subject: Science

Currently Baking: Cheddar Herb Bread

What is your favorite part of your job? Making recipes from scratch. The first time I did it I didn’t think it would turn out well, but I was able to make it great.

What do you learn here that will help you in school? Since we have a certain amount of ingredients, it helps me with math.

What does Eric teach you guys about job skills? He has high expectations for us, so you always have to keep trying.

What do you learn here that might help you when you’re a businessman? Since we do tasks, I do the store sometimes so I handle the money box and make sure people get the right amount back.

If you were at an interview for a job in high school and they asked you about a challenge you worked through at this job, what would you tell them about? One of the hardest recipes is cinnamon rolls because you have to make the dough, the frosting and the filling. So now I’ve had a lot of experience with these recipes and got better and better.

Name: Slater

Age: 12

School: Northview Crossroads

Summer Job: Bakery

Dream Job: Pro Wrestler

Favorite Subject: Science

What is your favorite part about your job? Learning to make new things and making new friends.

What do you learn here that will help you in the future? We learn how to deal with different types of problems. Like if someone messes up a recipe, they have to start all over. You might get a warning or fired in a real job. Here we can learn from our mistakes.

What have you learned here about job skills? Some kids don’t have jobs in the summertime. This would help you in your job later in life. It teaches you to wake up early in the summer and to get ready.

Some treats made it back with me to Grand Rapids Community Foundation and received rave reviews from our staff!

Thank you to all of the young bakers at Breaktime Bakery and job well done : )

And if you haven’t already, be sure to check out the video on our Facebook page to get a sneak peek into the Bakery.

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Posted by on August 3, 2011 in Uncategorized


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