TEMPLETON — Baking bread has helped more than just hunger.
A class at Narragansett Regional High School recently used its bread-making skills to raise funds for Be Like Brit, the organization helping orphans in Haiti.
Teacher Cathleen Wallace is a close friend of the Gengel family, whose daughter, Britney, died in an earthquake that ravaged that country shortly after she arrived for a volunteer mission in 2010.
“The almond breads and pumpkin breads were a big hit,” Wallace said, with the students raising $1,300 for teaching supplies and 10 Chromebooks. Teachers there did not have things to show the students, Wallace said, with teaching supplies an important part of the orphanage’s educational effort.
When Cherylann Gengel spoke to the students during a recent class, she also got hands on, helping with baking.
Gengel and her husband, Len, have spearheaded the Be Like Brit effort that includes an orphanage in Haiti.
Wallace said she and her son are planning to go with Gengel to Haiti next summer, working on small homes while her son works on a sports clinic for the orphans.
The Narragansett class worked on the fundraiser as a part of a month of giving effort, according to Wallace, a 37-year teacher who used her birthday to also contribute an additional $1,400 to the organization through an online fundraiser.
The orphanage in Haiti is home to orphans who get a home and education to help them in the impoverished country.
“Our mission is to raise the next generation of leaders in Haiti,” the foundation states.