Gingerbread House Extravaganza Raises Money and Community Spirits

Conductor Cookie-Man

Conductor Cookie-Man

Colchester High School hosted its seventh-annual gingerbread house competition today.

Gingerbread treehouse

Gingerbread treehouse

Disney-themed gingerbread creation

Disney-themed gingerbread creation

This energetic and eagerly anticipated effort spreads cheer throughout the community. The competition 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. This year’s celebrity judges were Dick and Dolly Mazza and Superintendent Waters.

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Hurricane Sandy relief

Hurricane Sandy relief

Students and community members voted for their “people’s choice” favorite by a coin drop, and all funds raised as part of the event will support the Colchester Community Food Shelf.

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And the winners are …

Traditional: Ms. Schenck’s group
Open: Ms. Lenox and Mr. Cole’s group
People’s Choice: Mr. Long’s group

After the gingerbread houses were displayed and the winning entries chosen, some of the faculty members and students spread positive energy and cheer throughout our greater community by delivering them to a number of organizations in our area. Numerous organizations have received the gingerbread houses in the past, 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, the Children’s Hospital at Fletcher Allen Health Care, and Women Helping Battered Women.

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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.

Polar Express

Polar Express

Gingerbread fisherman

Gingerbread fisherman

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