Pie baking delivers comfort and healing at West Junior High

West Junior High scholars brought healing to their community and their school through the art of baking on May 24. After preparing and baking a pie, students gifted it to someone in their community who could use comfort or healing.

Students, teachers, and staff baked Rose McGee’s Sweet Potato Comfort Pie. McGee is a local baker who uses Sweet Potato Comfort Pie to advance racial justice and equity. When IB Coordinator Jen Poncelet found out McGee was hosting a baking event on the anniversary of George Floyd’s death, she knew she had to get West involved.

“It’s such a great way to frame this week as far as doing something to bring healing,” Poncelet said.

The restorative culture team at the school agreed. After baking the pies, teachers moderated conversations about how people can work together to heal communities. Even students who were not involved in making the pies were challenged to write down an action that they could do to restore their community in some way.

Sweet Potato Comfort Pie at WJH