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Kindness Leaders Learn to Bake Cookies at Levain Bakery

A special group of Third Street Elementary School students, recognized as kindness leaders, were invited to learn how to make cookies at Levain Bakery last month. (All Photos from Caryl Chinn)

Last month a special group of fourteen students from Third Street Elementary learned how to bake those delicious, hugely popular cookies at Levain Bakery on Larchmont. The occasion was a special treat for students from kindergarten through fifth grade who were recognized for being kindness leaders through the school’s Making Caring Common program.

These students were recognized as kindness leaders.

Kindness leaders are kids who have been recognized for being kind, caring students throughout the year, explained Jocelyn Minton, a Hancock Park resident and one of the parents at Third Street School who is leading the Making Caring Common (MCC) program.

“They set the example for others and stand out for their extraordinary behavior,” said Minton.

During the class, Levain Bakery Manager Omar Perez taught the students how to add ingredients and make the cookie dough in the big mixers and then form the giant cookie balls onto cookie sheets ready for baking.

“Levain Bakery has been a tremendous partner,” said Minton. “They have really resonated with the program and their support has helped give the program so much momentum.”

MCC teaches and models kindness by getting parents, teachers, and the whole community involved including local businesses like Levain who has generously supported the program with sweet treats.

Every month, Levain provides cookies for a party to reward the kindest class. They have also created customized cookie cards entitling the bearer to a free cookie. The cards are given out each week on Kindness Monday and on monthly School Spirit Days.

The MCC program is a huge success at the school. Parents have told Minton they are most proud of having their child be recognized for their kindness toward others.

This was the first baking class the bakery has conducted at their Larchmont location but plans are in the works for another class with teachers and teaching assistants, said Minton.

After the kids finished making cookies they got to take home a dozen dough balls to bake at home in addition to already baked cookies packed up by the bakery staff.

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Patricia Lombard
Patricia Lombard
Patricia Lombard is the publisher of the Larchmont Buzz. Patty lives with her family in Fremont Place. She has been active in neighborhood issues since moving here in 1989. Her pictorial history, "Larchmont" for Arcadia Press is available at Chevalier's Books.

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