In December, students in Skaneateles Schools choose to bake and bake and bake during classes and after school, baking for the local food basket for needy families.
Baking cookies as a gift for others has become a tradition among students in Skaneateles High and Skaneateles Middle Schools. Led by the Interact Club, students in school clubs and classes baked an estimated 150 dozen cookies this season. In addition, senior (and Interact member) Abigail Rathgeb and her mom, Kerri Rathgeb, put the word out to the community and collected scores of dozens more cookies to add to the mix.
Students from the high school and middle school showed up in the cafeteria last Thursday to bag the cookies, which were given to the outreach office at the Skaneateles Food Pantry to be included in the Christmas basket program.
Interact Club Advisor Karen Price said there were so many cookies that no one has an official count, but she estimates that there were as many, or more, than in previous years when the count was between 2,400 and 3,000 cookies.
Home and Careers students from the high school and middle school baked for several days, while students in clubs including SADD and Interact hit the kitchens after school to pitch in.
Judy Hall, home and careers teacher at the middle school, said she had four different classes of sixth and seventh graders working on the cookies. "I can't imagine how many dozen we made," she said.