Sixth graders make Christmas cookies
Published: Thursday, January 9th, 2014
After some 20 years of baking cookies with her sixth graders, Kim Webster says she is still learning a thing or two herself. She admits she did think about not doing the “cookie project” this year, but her students were happy that she decided to continue with the project. She also admits getting joy out of seeing her students learn, create, collaborate and give back to their community.
The Custer School District’s lunch room providers, Lunchtime Solutions, opened up the kitchen and its large baking sheets for the program to utilize. Chief bakers, Dee Scragg and Beth Hollick, baked all the cookies as the sixth grade students rushed them down to the kitchen.
Mrs. Monitor’s resource room mixed 16 batches of cookie dough for this collaborative project. Students were instructed by Webster on how to roll out the dough, including how her mom would sing a song as she rolled out dough that would take up the entire table she was working on. Students also learned math concepts such as multiplication, special calculations, metric measurements as well as the use of geometry.
Last year, Rose Arp, manager of the deli department at Lynn’s Dakotamart, helped students decorate the cookies. This year the decorating department was moved to the commons area at Custer Elementary. Custodian Jim Coates set up tables, had plastic coverings for them and also provided wet cloths for the project. Lynn’s Dakotamart provided all the frosting, decorations and airbrush tool for the decorating.
Creativity abounded as students imagined they were famous artists decorating each cookie. Students had their aprons and holiday hats on and created their works of art to festive Christmas music. Laughter, giggles, sticky hands and bright smiling faces abounded as they worked to decorate some 630 cookies.
Mrs. Pechota, elementary school paraprofessional, was assisted by sixth grade helpers who bagged each dozen cookies in a ziplock bag and then in a festive holiday bag.
A total of 50 dozen cookies were donated.
This is the sixth year the students have donated their cookies to the Custer Community Christmas food basket project. Each basket of food will have a dozen cookies in a festive bag placed on top of the basket.
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