Monday, December 2, 2013

Gingerbread houses created by Kimbrough Elementary students

Gingerbread houses decorated for the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel's annual Make-A-Wish fundraiser once again have the extra special touch of decorations by fourth graders from Kimbrough Elementary School in Sherman Heights.

Kimbrough students work on their house The students and their teachers took a field trip to the downtown hotel, working with its culinary experts to build and decorate the traditional holiday treat. The houses are currently on display in the hotel's lobby.

"I am so happy that the Hyatt has invited our students for the fifth time to participate in this holiday event that will benefit the Make a Wish Foundation," said Principal Flavia Soria. "Making gingerbread houses is something that our students have not experienced before and they are thrilled to be a part of this learning experience."

The Nov. 14 event found groups of 4-5 students teaming up to create one gingerbread house. Students also made and decorated a holiday cookie to take home and enjoyed a healthy lunch provided by the Hyatt.

"This is such a wonderful program that not only teaches our students lessons about those less fortunate," said Soria, "but how to create a plan, like an architect's blueprint, of how they want to decorate their house.

"Design, colors and organization are all very well thought-out."

The students' completed gingerbread houses will be auctioned off to benefit Make A Wish San Diego at a later date in December. Kimbrough is pleased to have been allowed to participate in this great program every year.