January 2, 2017 at 9:44 PM
MONTVILLE, NJ - When Carlo Valastro asked his mom and dad in late October if they would help him make a cake for his teacher, Diane Oberlin, and his William Mason Elementary School kindergarten class, the five-year-old’s parents agreed.
Carlo’s dad, Buddy Valastro, is The Cake Boss.
His mom, Lisa Valastro, and producers from High Noon TV, reached out to Principal David Melucci to see if it would be possible to film the delivery of Carlo’s cake for a segment in an upcoming episode of The Cake Boss.
Melucci and his staff coordinated with the Superintendent of the Montville Township Public Schools René Rovtar, and the Montville Township Board of Education, to make it possible for Carlo and his family to treat his teacher and classmates to cake and a very special opportunity to be seen on TV.
On Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016, after weeks of careful planning and preparation with the Montville Township Public Schools district, Carlo’s mom and dad joined Carlo in his classroom. The Valastro’s brought with them a 15 member production team, a story to read to the students, and a very large surprise cake.
Carlo assisted with the cake design by telling his mom and dad what he was studying at school. When asked what he wanted the cake to be, Carlo told them how he imagined it would look.
Students, teachers and Carlo cheered as The Cake Boss, Carlo’s dad, Buddy, wheeled in a large confection that captured the teaching unit Mrs. Oberlin’s students had been studying all month.
“It was magnificent,” said Mrs. Oberlin of the imaginative cake. “Absolutely magical. It brought our unit life.”
Oberlin has been a teacher at William Mason Elementary School for twenty years.
Once pictures were taken with the cake, Carlo and Buddy, together, asked who was hungry for cake, and students and teachers shouted with excitement as they raised their hands.
While Buddy cut the cake, and Lisa added the forks, Carlo passed out slices to all fifteen students, his student teacher, Lauren Bernstein, two teaching aides, Kim Beiermeister and Sue Boratto, and his teacher, Mrs. Oberlin.
In addition to Carlo, the students who participated were: Justin Acevedo, William Albanese, Maksim Blanarovich, Caden Chang, Angelina Chen, Harrison DelGizzi, Halema Gaber, Isabella Jacobs, Dominic Milazzo, Kiyaan Parveez, Benjamin Rhodes, Margot Squires, Courtney Stolz-Illge and Sofia Takahashi.
The Valastro’s promised to let the students and district know when the episode will air, but in the meantime, no photos of the surprise cake will be revealed.
Still, Field Producer Shane Bissett, granted permission for the William Mason Elementary School yearbook to submit a photo of Mrs. Oberlin’s kindergarten students with the custom cake. The annual publication’s arrival date in spring 2017 should correspond closely to the air date of The Cake Boss which will include the December 15 filming.
According to Buddy Valastro, The Cake Boss is seen in 220 countries around the world. In spring 2017, Diane Oberlin’s William Mason Elementary School kindergarten class will become part of that global television community.