By Stephanie Steinbrecher '16 Staff Writer
Blowing out the candles on a cake every year has become a classic rite of passage in the US, and many probably consider it an embarrassing tradition. There are people, however, who do not even have the luxury of deciding whether their celebratory cake is chocolate or vanilla or red velvet, simply because they do not have a cake, or any treat, on their birthday at all. That was until Scripps students got involved.
SWEET (Scrippsies Who Endow Edible Treats) Bakery was started in 2009 as a club aimed at baking birthday goodies to benefit children participating in Foothill Family Shelter’s after-school care program. On campus, SWEET bakers sell baked goods to the students and faculty of the Claremont colleges to subsidize the cost of these birthday treats. The family shelter has access to a fund that they use to purchase the cakes, which are often the only ones these children receive on their birthdays. Senior Mary Hershewe, current co-president, said, “We believe every child should feel special on his or her birthday. Baking treats with SWEET also offers a way for us students to chill out, de-stress, and share our love for baking delicious things.”
Although there is little direct contact between SWEET and the children their work benefits, Hershewe said that they are “hoping to collaborate more closely with the kids and the program this year.” Hershewe and Bayley Clarke ‘13, co-presidents, want to encourage other members of the Scripps community to share in their excitement for baking and helping make children’s special days special by joining their organization. They are also looking to fill leadership positions. The presidents view their work as a fun way to take a break from the grind of classes and homework. Said Hershewe, “Bayley and I love cooking and baking. We are hoping that this year we can make SWEET a little more laid back. We may pick movies to watch while we cook, have some kind of study break hangout thing. We’re super interested in what you all want us to be making and we’re excited to try out some new ideas!”
With big aspirations to expand its direct contact with children off campus as well as its organization on campus, this is going to be an exciting year for SWEET Bakery. Contact Mary Hershewe or Bayley Clarke to get involved today: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.