KAPOW students learn the art of baking bread

By Lee Stephens….

Adrian Castro, Christofer Alvarez and Sophia Acosta have the sandwich dough ready for baking during their visit to IPC as part the Kids and the Power of Work (KAPOW) program.

Everglades K-8 fifth graders were put to work preparing Subway sandwich bread for the baking oven during their recent visit to International Purchasing Cooperative in Kendall.

IPC is an independent Subway franchisee owned and operated purchasing cooperative. IPC negotiates the lowest costs for purchased goods and services, while improving quality, enhancing competitiveness and ensuring the best value to Subway members and their customers.

The visits are part of a yearlong School-To-Career program called KAPOW (Kids And the Power Of Work) presented by Learning for Success Inc. and IPC in conjunction with Miami-Dade County Schools. Through KAPOW, teachers and volunteers from IPC and 95 other South Florida businesses and organizations collaborate to teach lessons that connect classroom learning with real world workplace skills.

“The KAPOW site visit gives our employees a chance to share their knowledge and skills,” explained John Imbert, IPC POS business analyst. “The students saw that our people really do use all of the skills they are learning about in school.

“They got hands on experience with the new POS (Point of Sale) system, learned about and prepared Subway bread for baking, and got to design their own sandwich wrap,” he added.

“These experiences are designed to introduce students to the skills needed to be successful in the workplace and teach them the importance of staying in school to prepare for their own future,” said Dr. Lilia Dobao, principal of Everglades K-8 Center. “We are delighted and very grateful to IPC for their extraordinary commitment.”

For more information about the KAPOW program, contact John Casbarro at john.casbarro@gmail.com, or see the website at www.kapowlfs.org.

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