Omak shredders sell pumpkin rolls

Braeden O’Dell (left) and Josh Lester turn out baked pumpkin roll cakes.

OMAK – Student skiers and snowboarders are making and selling pumpkin rolls to help fund a trip to Schweitzer Mountain Resort in January.

Club Shred’s pumpkin cake rolls with a cream cheese filling sell for $15 apiece.

Each year the ski and snowboard club sells the rolls to make money for the trip to the Sandpoint, Idaho, resort, said teacher Randy Smith, co-adviser of the club with his wife, Lana Smith. This is the fifth year for the project.

Each roll measures about 10 inches long and three inches in diameter. They are available with or without walnuts.

“They freeze well for later use,” said Randy Smith.

Last year the students baked and sold more than 300 pumpkin rolls “and hope to exceed that number this year,” Randy Smith said.

“I, as an adviser, like that they are making them from scratch,” said Lana Smith. “They are working together on this project. There is no way we could pull it off if our Club Shredders were not doing their part.”

She said they work hard mixing, rolling and filling the rolls.

“Students come together who may not otherwise even really know each other because they just go in so many different directions at school,” she said, noting some take on leadership roles. “But skiing and working toward this trip bring them together.”

“Through pumpkin roll making I’ve learned to follow directions and be a leader as president,” said student Braeden O’Dell.

“It’s the finest thing you’ll do in your entire life,” added student Josh Lester.

Lana Smith said some of the students who have made the trip in the past “have never eaten a sit-down dinner at a restaurant or been able to go skiing at a big hill. It’s pretty exciting.”

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