Larry Capalbo significantly sweetened the Teaching Bakery’s offerings on February 12: the owner of Taylor Freezers Equipment donated professional ice cream machinery to Boys Republic’s bakery. Mr. Capalbo’s generous gifts included an industrial ice cream maker, a display freezer, various ingredients, and a recipe book. Bakery students gathered around Mr. Capalbo and a student volunteer as they illustrated how to sanitize, prepare, and use the ice cream maker. Then students took turns creating watermelon, chocolate, and peanut butter and jelly flavored ice creams for eager staff, who knew this was but a small sampling of the treats to come.
Mr. Capalbo’s generosity presents new opportunities for student learning in the Teaching Bakery. Not only will they understand the science behind making sorbets, gelatos, and ice cream, they will be able to use this knowledge to make more desserts for appreciative staff and students. Like the professional equipment that increases the possibilities of student bakers’ fare, the Teaching Bakery extends the menu of Boys Republic’s vocational offerings. Boys Republic’s Teaching Bakery provides job training, and its focus is on student learning instead of large production.
Boys Republic is a private, nonprofit, nonsectarian school and treatment community for disadvantaged teenagers. Since its founding in 1907, it has guided more than 30,000 at-risk teenage boys and girls toward productive, fulfilling lives. The Teaching Bakery, with its commercial equipment like the new ice cream maker, is the latest program that provides students with job skills, vocational experience and confidence they need to be responsible, self-directed lives within the community.