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A gingerbread decorating party
Holiday cheer comes in the form of decorating gingerbread houses
Holiday carols played in the background, a crackling fire was broadcast on television screens and snowflakes lightly flitted down from the sky outside the windows. It was the perfect atmosphere for some holiday fun as students in the Center for Special Services classes gathered to enjoy decorating their own gingerbread houses.
Gumdrops, sour candy and colorful Skittles were some of the options the students had for adding their own personal touch to their designs.
Each gingerbread dwelling was made from scratch by culinary students at the Center for Career Services.
The annual event, now in its fourth year, was created by Baking, Food & Retail Service instructor Lisa Rudner. She was inspired by her daughter’s delight in making gingerbread houses. She thought it would be something the students would enjoy as well.
Her students make the gingerbread and assemble the structures for decorating day. They also make the icing used to adhere the candy.
“I get to interact with them every day, I thought I’d do something nice for them,” Ms. Rudner said of the students.
“Hello! Merry Christmas,” announced student Dylan Brower before he sat down and got to work on his house.
Chantay Matthews, who was celebrating her 21st birthday on decorating day, Dec. 13, said her favorite part was designing the look she wanted to create for her house.
“It’s nice to decorate,” she said.
“It’s fun to work with the candy,” Jamie Caldwell added.
All the action briefly came to a standstill when a surprise guest appeared: Santa Claus. He was greeted with a round of applause.
The jolly old elf was there to say hello to students and pass out candy canes.
“The kids love it,” Leslie Handler, Principal of the Valhalla center, said of the event. “They just have a wonderful time with this.”