During our Bible Unit on the life of Ruth, we wanted to do a connected outreach activity. Wheat harvesting made us think of bread — but who would accept kid-made bread in the midst of a pandemic? We started looking for people that were “inside” our community. Our conference had just gained a new conference president about this time and the Ministerial Director had recently completed a Week of Prayer with our students. These events pointed the way to our “insiders.”
The administrative and office staff members at the Wisconsin Conference do an immense amount of work that is predominantly unseen. At Petersen, we are fortunate that these works are largely in our ‘backyard.” We wanted to acquaint our students with the workers that support us so much, and make a show of gratitude for the hard work that we often never see.
We found a “Bread-in-a-Bag” recipe and went to town measuring, mixing and baking. After our loaves were prepared, we enjoyed a “Career Day” visit from Teresa Schaetzka, an administrative assistant at the Wisconsin Conference. She shared about the many work opportunities available and the educational programs that students would pursue if they were called to work at our conference office. She also kindly delivered our loaves to the conference office to help us maintain social distancing.
Tiffany Meulemans, Grade 5-8 Teacher at Petersen Adventist School