PIN students bake their way to better math skills

PIN coordinator Marlene Ricketts with students Justin Wright, Kaden Scott Aguilar, Kenrick Sappleton and Kellita Thompson as they work on math skills involved with making cupcakes.

Youngsters baked their way to better math skills during a recent after-school program.

A group of Year 6 George Town students who attend the PIN (Positive Intervention Now) after-school program took part in a session on the afternoon of Feb. 10 that combined learning math skills with baking and enjoying some tasty cupcakes.

Program coordinator Marlene Ricketts said the students had great fun with the interactive lesson.

“Not only did our students gain an insight into the art of baking from scratch, they were also called upon to use their numerical skills in interpreting the recipe and measuring out ingredients, as well as their social skills in working in teams,” said Ms. Ricketts.

“Their creativity was called into play as they assembled their cupcakes as well. It was a fun all-round exercise that had each student working hard to produce a great end result.”

Run by the Education and Youth Committee of St. George’s Anglican Church, the PIN after-school program is for students ages 9 to 10 who attend George Town Primary School. Participants receive attention, instruction, guidance and positive reinforcement to help them gain the skills, knowledge and motivation they need to fulfill their potential.

PIN students Justin Wright, Chaaya Ferguson and Jahsara Henry work as a team while making cupcakes.
PIN students Justin Wright, Chaaya Ferguson and Jahsara Henry work as a team while making cupcakes.

The program, which runs three days a week from 3-6 p.m. is “greatly boosted by a team of volunteers from the church, from business and from the community who work with the students in areas ranging from academics, to the arts, to etiquette and character/spiritual development,” said Ms. Ricketts. “The aim is also to help the children discover new interests by exposing them to a variety of areas – social, cultural, historical, environmental, technical and others. Our baking exercise is a good example of how we find creative ways to introduce new skills.”

Youngsters in the program also enjoy periodic trips to local sites of interest, such as the National Museum and the Law Courts. Volunteers have also worked with the children on projects such as photography and Power Point presentations that the students create.

“We aim to broaden the students’ horizons in as many ways as we can to ensure that they become exposed to as many positive influences as possible,” said Ms. Ricketts. “Children at these ages are at a very important point in their lives, just about to approach adulthood, so the choices they make now will have a huge impact on their lives moving forward. We do our best to set them on a positive path for their road ahead.”

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