Great Oak students use measuring cups, flour to support those in need
Friday, August 30th, 2013
Issue 35, Volume 17.
All of the baked goods are homemade and range from cookies, cakes, candy apples, pretzels, and more. Currently, there are approximately 45 students in the club.
Last year the club raised $5,000. One of the clubs that they donated to was Cookies for Cancer, a research foundation for children, as well as to the Susan G. Komen foundation. This year the money that they raise will buy animal supplies and will be donated to animal shelters.
Greninger, president of Bake for a Cause, and Kelley, vice president, are best friends who started the club in September 2012 because it was "something they both loved and wanted to do."
"I love to bake, and I really wanted to make a difference at my school," Greninger said.
She also wanted to do something that was going to look good on her college applications.
The teachers at her high school told Greninger that they love the club. She also said those teachers contacted other teachers from different schools to get the club on their campuses.
Greninger, who transferred to Great Oak last year, was also told by her teachers that they donít see a lot of students making changes in their first months at a school.
"We try to make it not to where youíre baking by yourselfbut you do things at the club as a group," Greninger said.
She has been approached by freshmen who have told her that they love the club.
With the skills gained from this club, and once she is finished with high school, Greninger plans to attend a culinary school. She wants to own her own bakery one day and donate the money to charity.
For those who donít feel like they are a part of something on campus, Greninger said this is a club perfect for that.
"You can still have fun and earn a large amount of community service," she said.
Kelley helped create they club because she thought it would be fun and she eventually saw how much a difference the club was making.
"It became important to me because I like helping people," she said.
To her, the most important foundations that the club donates to are the ones that donate to cancer, because she has known a lot of people who have gone through cancer.
"Itís been in my family a lot, and I think itís a horrible thing," Kelley said. "Whatever I can do to help is what I love to do."
She has helped people realize that community service can be fun.
"We donít do it because we have to, we do it because we want to," she said.
Their first event where they will be selling baked goods this school year is Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. at Great Oak High School.
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