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Gingerbread by petition: SCCS classes make cookies, houses

December 19, 2013

Preschool and elementary classes at Stephens College Children’s School have spent the past few weeks reading various books about gingerbread men and women.
They even had a chance to create their own paper gingerbread people and were challenged to give their characters back stories.
But that wasn’t quite enough for fifth-grader Natalie James. She wanted her classmates to get the entire gingerbread experience. So she wrote a letter to her teachers about why they should actually bake gingerbread men.

The petition

James argued that her teachers could bake them and the students could decorate them. James even offered to write a grant to help purchase ingredients—that, or parents could just donate them.
But she didn’t stop there. James, unbeknownst to teachers, posted a petition on a classroom wall asking students “Do you think we should bake gingerbread men? Then sign below.”
The sign-up sheet quickly filled up.
Teachers later discovered the note and petition.
“You can hardly say no to that,” elementary teacher Beth Watson said.
So on Thursday, James and her classmates had a chance to decorate fresh-out-of-the-oven gingerbread men.
Asked how she got the idea, James said she just really likes the baking process and knew her friends would enjoy the project, too.

“A lot of the kids here like to create and decorate,” she said.

Children over in the preschool benefited from James’ activism, too. They got to decorate tiny gingerbread houses made out of graham crackers. 
See more photos of the project here.

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