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Eighth-Annual Gingerbread House Extravaganza, Toys Drive, and Spreading Holiday Goodness

What a generous, warmhearted community this is.

Colchester High School hosted its eighth-annual gingerbread house competition on December 19 as an engaging opportunity to make a positive impact.

Members of the CHS community deliver gingerbread houses to the Vermont Children's Hospital
Members of the CHS community deliver gingerbread houses to the Vermont Children’s Hospital

The competition—which spreads cheer throughout the community—involves teams of students in grades 9–12 collaborating on gingerbread houses. The finished products are then judged in three categories—traditional, open, and people’s choice. In the traditional category, the entire structure must be made of edible materials, and in the open category, up to 25 percent of the materials used in the construction and decoration can be inedible.

Church Street!
Church Street!
A farm
A farm

Some of the faculty members and students later delivered the gingerbread houses to area organizations, including Cathedral Square Corporation (Heineberg Senior Housing, McAuley Square Senior Housing, Ruggles House Shared Housing, Holy Cross Senior Housing, Whitcomb Woods Independent Living, and Grand Way Commons Independent Living), the Ronald McDonald House, Starr Farm Nursing Center, Green Mountain Nursing Home, COTS Firehouse Family Shelter, and the Children’s Hospital at Fletcher Allen Health Care.

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(Fun fact: Gingerbread houses are a German tradition stemming from the nineteenth-century Brothers Grimm fairy tale Hänsel and Grethel in which a young boy and girl discover a cottage in the woods built of gingerbread. Gingerbread house events—be they competitions or simply jovial team-building affairs—have been enjoying steadily increasing popularity all over the country.)

A representation of the four seasons
A representation of the four seasons

Gingerbread houses were not the only cheery items delivered to area organizations to help spread holiday magic. In addition to calling in a $100 donation to Camp Ta-Kum-Ta on behalf of the team, the Laker Boys Hockey Team sponsored its second-annual toy drive at the Beech Memorial Tournament at the Leddy Park Arena this year. Fans received free admission to the game with a donation of a toy. The drive—which was widely promoted and supported by the team’s twenty-one members—was very successful, and members of the team delivered the more than 150 toys to HowardCenter.

Members of the Lakers Hockey Team deliver toys to HowardCenter
Members of the Lakers Boys Hockey Team deliver toys to HowardCenter

It is both an honor and an inspiration to be a part of such an incredible community. Wishing our students a restful holiday recess, and happy holidays to you all!

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