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January 12, 2013

KID youngsters build winning gingerbread house

NORMAN — Youngsters at Katherine I. Daily Elementary School in Noble hold the bragging rights for their winning gingerbread house.

KID, along with six Norman schools, are part of the “Our School’s Cool” support program sponsored by Sooner Fashion Mall.

Local schools which participaete in the program have the opportunity to earn money for their school by turning in mall receipts to earn competitive points.

KID earned an additional 1,000 points by creating an entry for the Sooner Mall’s Build a Gingerbread House Contest.

The entries ranged from a basic cottage to a two-story extravaganza. All entries were requred to be 100 percent edible and favorites were voted on through the mall’s Facebook page.

KID’s entry was created by Janice Busick’s transitional/first-grade class with help from parents. Student Gamble Vass’s dad, Chris, designed the original templates. The ginerbread was mixed, shaped to order, and baked by Judy Vass and Busick during the Thanksgiving weekend.

Busick’s students brought candies, cookies, marshmallows and sugar sprinkles. All helped assemble, frost and decorate what turned out to be the winning entry in the contest.

The crowning touch for the “Hansel and Gretel Christmas Cottage” was fondant figures created by student Grady Smith’s mom, Shannon.

The first-place prize in the contest was a $500 gift card from Copelin’s Teaching Tools.

Busick and KID principal Michael Prior said they were delighted by the KID win.

Busick said that while “it was a lot of work, it was also a lot of fun.

“The kids especially seemed to enjoy licking the extra frosting off their hands and munching on sugar sprinkles that stuck to their fingers,” she said.

Busick said she wanted to thank Prior and the faculty and staff for their support for the project.

“I also want to give a big thank you to all the parents, friends and friends of friends who took time to go to the website and vote for KIDS’s entry,” Busick said.

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