|Cupcake Decorating Day at Pie in the Sky|
Harold Sokolove - PVNN
November 02, 2010
Cupcakes have become the newest food fad in the US and it was no different at the Pie in the Sky bakery on Hwy 200 in Bucerías on October 29th.
|Ten students, their teachers and program co-directors from Casa Communidad took part in PEACE's 4th annual Halloween cupcake decorating event on October 29th.|
Ten students, their teachers and Casa Communidad co-directors from the PEACE Casa Communidad program alternative school in Punta de Mita took part in the 4th annual Halloween cupcake decorating event, sponsored by Pie in the Sky bakery.
Nova Pennison, Co-Director of the PEACE Casa Comunidad program says, "Events like this provide the kids with an incentive to work hard and be on their best behavior."
Upon the arrival of the group, which included Casa Communidad's Pennison and co-director Nikhol Roberts and teachers Miguel Ruiz and Ali Elias, the two hour event on Friday morning started off with a big welcome.
The first order of business was the donning of Pie in the Sky aprons and hair nets and then the requisite behind-the-scene tour of the bakery operation.
The group next filled up the chairs around the small tables on the front porch of the Bucerias bakery for their "practice round" of creating the design for their edible work of art from cupcake models done by Selene, one of the bakery's professional decorators.
After the short practice session, then out from the kitchen come the real things. Colorfully-iced cupcakes were brought out on trays for the young people to add their individual creative touch. There were soon skeletons, spooky spiders and spider webs and ghosts galore! (By the way, the teachers seemed to be having as much fun as their students were.)
There were photos taken of the artists and their creations, some of which might have had a little section missing, about bite size.
"We do this, not only because it's alot of fun to do, but maybe we'll find an artist - even a future decorator for Pie in the Sky," said Susan Drexler-Price and her husband Philip, co-owners of the bakery. "We want to give these lids new experiences, so they know they have some options when they get older," she added.
Lastly, the cupcakes were placed in plastic to-go containers for later consumption. Cookies and milk were served, a group photo was taken to record the happy faces and their creepy creations. A group "Thank you!" yell added the finishing touch.
Numerous children and adults have completed elementary and middle school through the PEACE alternative education program. Enrolled students, ages 9 to 17, do not attend public school due to missing birth certificates, lack of funds, behavioral issues, lack of interest on behalf of parents or transportation issues.
The children are not only provided with free educational services, activities and daily lunches, but are visited by on-site psychologists who use interactive activities to address some of the pressing needs of the class as a whole.
PEACE: Protection, Education, Animals, Culture and Environment, is a nonprofit organization established in 2005, made of four main programs which focus on education, entrepreneurship, animal well-being, and community engagement in the coastal regions of Nayarit, Jalisco and Quintana Roo, Mexico. Through innovative and community based programs, PEACE is working to improve the quality of life in local communities throughout the Bahía de Banderas. For more information, please visit PeaceMexico.org or click HERE to read more about PEACE