Students bake to fund own devices

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Home baking is helping get chromebooks into the hands of some students at Ashburton College.

Running for the past couple of years, the initiative sees students work after school at regular baking sessions to make sweet treats that are then sold and profits accumulated.

Co-ordinated by Ashburton College assistant head of senior school Liz Carrick, the project enabled the purchase of 10 chromebooks last year and has already funded three so this year.

Ms Carrick said she loved baking and shared that love and knowledge to assist students who couldn’t afford a device at school to get one.

Students “learned and earned” through the initiative.

“Last year students made and sold supper items at housie nights run at Hampstead Rugby Club.

“As well as learning how to cook, measure and follow instructions, they were also able to develop good customer skills.”

Ms Carrick said this year the baking effort was directed at the sizeable staff and support staff at Ashburton College.

She supervised students at afternoon baking sessions after school and produce was sold at morning tea time.

Older style baking favourites like afghans, tan squares, neenish slices and brownies were made, as well as a range of gluten-free products.

Profits were around $150 a week and students were involved with the initiative for as long as it took to fund a chromebook.

The students involved were from Year 11 and Year 12.

All of the profits made are looked after by Ms Carrick, who then shops around for good deals on new and refurbished chromebooks.

Eight students have been baking to be able to own their own chromebooks in Term 1 and three chromebooks have so far been purchased. The baking for devices initiative will continue when normal school life returns.