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Peace Circle at Boston Avenue UMC hungry to learn


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As part of learning about hunger issues, Peace Circle recently toured Panera Bread Company in Tulsa.

One of 16 UMW circles at Tulsa-Boston Avenue Church, this group’s members are seventh-graders.

The girls learned about the company’s mission, "A loaf of bread in every arm." As part of Panera’s community service, unsold bakery products are donated daily to local food banks and charities.

Erin Barnhardt, an adult leader for Peace Circle and the director of marketing for Panera Bread, led the February tour.

The girls enjoyed seeing the freezer, getting a behind-the-scenes view, working with their own dough to make baguettes, decorating cookies, and eating lunch.

During their circle meeting after the tour, they read "A Native American Thought of It," focusing on the section about food. This book is on the 2014 UMW Reading List.

In April, the girls delivered crayons and coloring books they had collected to The Children’s Hospital at St. Francis. They got a tour and learned how to become volunteers there.

In 2013, six UMW youth circles were formed at Boston Avenue.


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Touring Panera Bread Co. are, from left, Hannah Campbell, Erin Barnhardt, and Taylor Hatheway.


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