I am a baker – the process of mixing, measuring, and making desserts brings me so much joy. In the summer of 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic altered the world and, really, every industry. I spent many moments asking myself “How can I help?” or “What can I do during this time to make the world feel less bleak?” And nearly every day, I got into my kitchen to bake something. Then, it hit me. A bake sale. But not a simple school bake sale – a contactless, delivery-based bake sale. All of the proceeds from the bake sale would be donated to the Dallas Education Foundation to support Dallas ISD students access technology resources for the fall 2020 academic year.
I launched the bake sale on July 28, 2020, and within three days I had to close the bake sale order form because I had reached baking capacity. From a professional perspective, this whole experience allowed me to enhance my understanding of social media marketing, graphic design, and project management. I had to organize the orders, maintain contact with the customers, and map out an efficient driving schedule.
On August 14th, I baked and packaged all of the orders, and the next day, August 15th, I delivered the orders. Throughout the process, I had consistent communication with the customers and ensured to follow all health and safety standards.
In the end, the bake sale was able to raise $1,213.42. I could not have done this without the generosity and kindness of all of the bake sale supporters. There was a lot of brownie baking and lemon loaf making involved, but truly people’s willingness to share a post and donate made this bake sale a success. More than just raising money or baking, I wanted this to be an opportunity to learn and become aware of the inequities that exist in the field of education – and, really, everywhere, so I also created a social media campaign to discuss educational equity.
I am incredibly passionate about equitable, accessible, and inclusive education. Education means so much to me. My education has allowed me to learn more about myself, understand other perspectives, explore the world, cultivate valuable friendships, and discover my passions. From my elementary school days to attending the University of Texas at Austin, I have felt incredibly privileged to have the opportunity to learn. And that’s not a reality many students can afford. Many students don’t have the sole pleasure to simply sit in a classroom and wonder what it would be like to visit a place in their textbooks as I have. Actually, many students sit wondering whether they will be able to eat dinner or if their beloved home will still be their home the next day. It devastates me. And being in the middle of a pandemic, we saw that many classrooms would move to a more technology and virtual centered experience, and as a result, many students would be left behind. Not because they weren’t smart, worthy, hardworking, curious, or committed – but because they didn’t have a wireless internet connection, they didn’t have a laptop, or they didn’t have the right materials to engage in a virtual environment. Their potential was limited not because of their abilities, but because of their access to resources.
I know one simple bake sale did not change Dallas ISD or dismantle the educational inequity that exists in our society. It didn’t – truthfully, I don’t know what will. But I hope that one small step, one intention, one idea can do something – perhaps something small, but something nonetheless.
I decided to include this in my portfolio because I want this space to be a place where I can share my personal projects and causes that I am passionate about. I hope to work for a company in the future that also cares about social impact and empowering people to live to their potential.
To hear more about this experience, feel free to contact me.