Weekly Feature



2011-12-08 / Education

Students make cookies for holiday project


Julie Mock’s sixth-grade class at Winchester Elementary shows off a few of the holiday cookie cutout packages made for those in need. Featured in the front row from left are: Brendan Larsen, Thomas Farry, Yuanyuan Chen, Michael DeNote, Malik Allah and Jack Schwenkbeck. In the back row are Marcus Davis, Aviance McCray, Mock, Tiffany Major, Alex Wayland and Cecilia Bensman. Julie Mock’s sixth-grade class at Winchester Elementary shows off a few of the holiday cookie cutout packages made for those in need. Featured in the front row from left are: Brendan Larsen, Thomas Farry, Yuanyuan Chen, Michael DeNote, Malik Allah and Jack Schwenkbeck. In the back row are Marcus Davis, Aviance McCray, Mock, Tiffany Major, Alex Wayland and Cecilia Bensman. Sixth-graders at Winchester Elementary are hoping to sweeten the holiday season for those in need.

As part of the school’s Leader in Me initiative, every classroom completes a service learning project. The students in teacher Julie Mock’s sixth-grade class came up with the idea to bake Christmas cutout cookies for people in need.

The students developed an “action plan” and brought in all of the supplies for the cookies. With assistance from other teachers and principal Kathy Brachmann, the children made the dough and cut the cookies, which were baked by the kitchen staff.

Parents volunteered their time to help supervise while the students frosted and sprinkled more than 150 cutout cookies.

Finally, students wrapped the cookies and attached a card and ribbon to each package.

Mock delivered half of the cookies to Friends of the Night People, a homeless shelter in Buffalo, on Dec. 3.

On Thursday, students will go on a field trip to visit the Seneca Manor, where they will deliver cookies and play bingo with some of the residents.

The students “synergized”— one of the “7 Habits” in the Leader in Me program — to brighten the holidays for many people.

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