A group of elementary school students made a special present for elderly residents by creating gingerbread houses of historic school buildings for seniors.
For the past four years, Moosup Elementary School third graders in the Plainfield Connecticut school district have been making candy houses for the Plainfield Senior Center and the Colonial Health & Rehab Center of Plainfield. This year they were inspired by a recent visit from the Plainfield Historical Society. The students created oversized structures based on pictures from history. The pictures were of former town schools, The Flat Rock District Schoolhouse, Plainfield Academy and the Moosup Grammar School. A Santa’s Workshop replica was also built.
Melissa Curran in the third grade teacher who started the projects in 2011. She says it takes a lot of skill for the chioldren to make a house, even if it has graham cracker walls.
“The students spend days planning and designing their creations and we put the homes together over the course of a day, with the help of parents,” she said. “There’s math, history and engineering involved, and also the community service component.”
“The hardest part was when we were putting it together and pieces kept falling off,” said Savanna Hansen, 8, as she built a chocolate candy walkway.
Designs were based on old black and white pictures of the schools.
“When looking at the pictures, we couldn’t see what the backs of the schools looked like,” said 8 year old Garrett Craig. “And we needed to make sure they weren’t too big to fit out the door.”