Students Take Part in Fifth Annual Gingerbread House Party

Students Decorate Gingerbread Houses Baked by Peers

For the fifth year, Culinary Arts teacher Lisa Rudner and a group of her students in the Baking, Food & Retail Service program baked dozens of gingerbread houses for Center for Special Services students to decorate and take home for the holidays. The decorating party, which took place Dec. 19, is something students look forward to each year.

“They talk about it as soon as school starts,” said Ms. Rudner, who brought her young daughter to participate in the event.

White Plains students Marc Toribio, 19, and Nicholas Granderson, 17, helped make the dough, roll it and cut out the shapes. “I like baking because it teaches us new things,” Marc said.

On Dec. 19, classes brought their own candy to decorate the edible houses. The cafeteria tables were filled with Sour Patch Kids, cotton candy, Hot Tamales, gumballs, Hershey Kisses and many other kinds of sweets.

D-Shawn Daniels, 20, of Yonkers helped put the roofs on the gingerbread house the day before the party with the help of royal icing. He decorated one of the houses at the party. “I like doing this because I like to take it home and give it to my mom,” he said.

Paul Slattery, 18, of Ossining said he loved decorating his gingerbread house with candy and frosting. His favorite candy is Hot Tamales, and there are many on his house. He didn’t plan to eat the treats right away. “I’ll save it until Santa sees it,” he said.

Gingerbread House Party