For the second CSL of the year, the 8th grade class visited the Amazing Grace Deaf Bakery once again. This time, we went to help them prepare for the bakery’s busy Christmas season.
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The class was split into five groups. The first group was in the first floor. They sorted cookies into crates, 160 per crate, then packed them into boxes that were made by other classmates on the second floor. On the second floor, about 10 people were at tables, putting together beautifully decorated, Christmas themed boxes to put cookies and pamphlets into. There was also a group that counted and arranged cookies into 100 per crate, and then packed them into the boxes in “assembly line” format. On the third floor about 6 class members cut gigantic blocks of butter into smaller pieces and bagged them for future use, so the bakers could store them in the freezer until they are needed for baking.
This time, we were doing jobs that reflected the bakery and we were making things that the bakery would be selling, so it was often stressful . Everything had to be done precisely, and though it wouldn’t affect us directly, it was going to reflect the bakery’s reputation, so there was a lot of pressure, and took a lot of concentration to do things perfectly. At first, some of the bakers didn’t trust us, and made us recount all the cookies in the crates we had sorted out, but we worked diligently, and gained their trust. The jobs of the box-makers and the cookie-packers were connected, and we learned the importance of teamwork. As the Bible says in Ecclesiastes 4:9 “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil.”
While doing the cookie packing assembly line, our patience was tested when the box-makers didn’t have enough workers, and we had to wait for them to make enough boxes for us to work with, and also when we were waiting for pamphlets to be folded before the cookies were packed. We encouraged each other, and when we were done doing the work we were assigned, or were waiting for something, we stepped in to help other groups. As the Bible says in Hebrews 10:24-25, “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”
“I guess it was kinda relaxing even though we were working the whole time” – Josaiah
“It was kind of tiring to do the stringing part, but I felt really good when I saw how much we’ve done.” – Rhoda
“The hard thing was to count the cookies because if you got mixed up, you’ll have to recount the whole thing over again.” – Tracy