There was evident excitement in the air, while Bay Haven third-graders began their celebration of the holiday season by making gingerbread houses in their classroom Dec. 1. Under the direction of their teacher, Michala Magenheim-Morganti, known to her students as “Ms. M&M,” the youngsters created four houses covered with gumdrops, candy canes and gummies nestled on “snow-covered” roofs.
This is the first time the youngsters have competed in the annual Community Youth Development gingerbread-house event sponsored by the Sarasota YMCA. It takes place this weekend at Westfield Sarasota Square Mall.
And, the kids are also engaged in another holiday project. The class has adopted, through the Sarasota YMCA, 40 homeless teenagers and is gathering items for Christmas stockings for them. Each stocking will be accompanied by handmade cards from the students.
Assisting with the gingerbread house project were parents Victor Sosa and Jennifer DeMichele.
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- Thank you for including this story! The youth and adult groups that participated had a great time and we look forward to offering this again next year.
Just for clarification - the Sarasota YMCA was not a sponsor of this event. University of South FLorida Sarasota-Manatee and Neal Communities were the sponsors.
19 The Power of ASSET-BASED COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
19 Lights In Bloom
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
20 Bring Them Home for the Holidays Adoption Event
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
20 La Fille mal Gardee Pre-Performance Children’s Buffet
Sound of hope
The holiday season hasn’t officially started until our favorite bell ringers return to their posts.
Shoppers and residents were treated to some holiday harmonies by the Senior Friendship Centers’ group, the Second Wind Harmonica Players, in Downtown Sarasota.
Stepping up to the plate
The Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County teamed up to bring the anti-bullying event Rachel’s Challenge to Sarasota Dec. 3.