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Cardinal Bread Bakery

Baked with a dash of love by Chiaravalle Middle School students. Learn why they started a small business. You'll be tempted to place an order today. 

In the fall of 2022, Chiaravalle Middle School started a bread bakery called Cardinal Bread Bakery. In the weeks before launch, students tested recipes, piloted a soft opening, and managed money and resources. Over half of the ingredients the Cardinal Bread Bakery uses are organic.

Chiaravalle Middle School practices “share, save, spend” with their proceeds. At least 40% of any profit will go to CKCKC (Chiaravalle Kids Conquer Kids’ Cancer), Ukrainian refugees, or other causes that inspire our students. The remaining profits are split between the re-investment in the business and savings as seed money for future generations of Middle School entrepreneurs.

Cardinal Bread Bakery team members at work

Our Breads

Middle School Microeconomics

Cardinal Bread Bakery student chops fresh herbs

Maria Montessori believed that adolescents benefit from practicing small-scale adult activities alongside their academic learning. In particular, Montessori Middle School students are encouraged to develop or continue an established small business. This practice in microeconomics is a Middle School experience that differentiates Montessori schools.

The Chiaravalle Middle School business offers an independent, hands-on insight into how an economy works. Students can make mistakes, learn, experiment, and grow. As small business managers, students demonstrate responsibility and contribute to the community while developing skills in entrepreneurship, financial literacy, product design, sales, and marketing. Chiaravalle students invite parents, alumni, and other experienced professionals to mentor and advise them.

Cardinal Bread Bakery with border

Chiaravalle community members (families, faculty, and staff) are invited to order bread. Bakeshop products are limited and sell out quickly. To serve as many customers as possible, there is a limit of one loaf of bread per customer.

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How to order:
  1. Click the button above and fill out the form to reserve your loaf
  2. Bring a check or cash to the Lobby Café, fill out the payment envelope, and deposit it in the Cardinal Bread Bakery order box.
    Loaves and crepes are $8 each.
  3. Orders will be delivered to your student's classroom by 3 pm on Thursday