A Lawrence Tradition: Making Apple Pies

Thanksgiving Break

Wednesday, November 25 –12:00 Dismissal
Thursday, Nov. 26 & Friday, Nov. 27 – NO SCHOOL

PTO Meeting:
Principal Search Process with Interim Superintendent Joe Connelly
Tuesday, December 1st
8:00 am

Interim Superintendent Joe Connelly will attend next week’s PTO Meeting.  Dr. Connelly will explain the principal search process and answer questions. You will also have the opportunity to share your thoughts about priorities to consider in hiring a new principal for Lawrence.

A Lawrence Tradition: Making Apple Pies

Last Friday after school, our cafeteria was abuzz as around 80 students (Gr. 5-8), parents, and teachers peeled 10 cases of apples and assembled 150 apple pies.   50 pies were for the Brookline Food Pantry and will be included with Thanksgiving dinners for families in need.  Lawrence families ordered another 100 pies – 80 for pick-up and 20 delivered to homes by eighth grade student volunteers.

Presiding over the cheerful chaos was Executive Chef (and Technology Specialist) Kirsten Alper who has coordinated this major undertaking for the past 10 years.  Lawrence School has been making apple pies for longer than anyone can remember. We know former Vice Principal Maurice Sapoznik coordinated the event prior to Kirsten, but we are not sure when the tradition began.

During the weeks leading up to the event, Kirsten shops for supplies. She works with younger students to pre-measure bags of spices for each pie.  Stop & Shop provides the piecrusts and for a discounted price. For the past several years, Nagog Hill Orchard on the Acton/Littleton line has donated 8 cases of applies. (If you go apple picking there next fall, be sure to tell them you are from Lawrence School and say thank you).

Some of the proceeds from the sale of pies are used to buy holiday gifts for children whose families are in need. Kirsten brings some eighth grade helpers shopping for the gifts and the students then wrap all the gifts. Any remaining funds are put toward the eighth grade trip to New York.

This annual project is a wonderful combination of tradition and service learning that enriches our school community.  Congratulations and thank you to all involved!

Rick Rogers
rick_rogers@brookline.k12.ma.us

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