Iris Nijbroek, an eighth-grader at Mark Twain MS, pulled out her recipe book this summer and started cooking to raise funds for the Black Lives Matter movement. This resulted in the creation of the Racial Justice Bake Shop, where there are 11 items on the menu ranging from Key Lime Pie to Banana Bread to raise funds for various civil rights groups.
According to the Alexandria Gazette Packet, “She has a list of organizations her customers can choose to benefit when they order. In addition to Black Lives Matter, customers can steer the money to SURJ Northern Virginia, Black Youth Project 100, United We Dream, or Black Girls Code. Her first order went out on July 10 and in a few weeks, she had raised more than $1,800 for the cause.”
As per Alexandria Gazette Packet, “In addition to fundraising, her experience with events this summer have been limited since she is 13 and can’t drive. “I have been to some marches,” with her mother, she said. Iris got the idea after hearing about a pastry chef doing a similar thing on National Public Radio and decided to localize her effort.”