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Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES Students Building For a Charitable Holiday

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Victoria (Auburn) and Kenny (Port Byron), hard at work during the preparation phase

Cayuga County Habitat for Humanity and KeyBank are jointly sponsoring the “Home is the Key” Gingerbread House Showcase, to be held on Dec. 4-5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. An after-hours reception and gingerbread house raffle drawing will be held from 4-5 p.m. on Dec. 5, with proceeds benefiting the Cayuga Habitat for Humanity. Both showcases are being held at the KeyBank, 115 Genesee St., Auburn.

This year, the event tasks 2-3 seniors from the Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES Culinary Arts program with creating an extravagant, highly-detailed gingerbread house. Construction on the project began in mid-November, and has required students to make the gingerbread dough from scratch, use stencil cut-outs to design the actual house, and then glue it all together. Of course, the final product will feature several culinary delights that double as housing essentials.

As one might assume, building such an opulent gingerbread house requires a great degree of planning. Chef Mark Fitzgerald, the Culinary Arts instructor, treats these planning stages as a learning opportunity, giving his students the chance to demonstrate the kinds of skills that employers covet.

“This gives the students a chance to use their creativity, pay great attention to detail, and help them learn the importance of creating – and committing to – a timeline,” said Chef Fitzgerald.

The event will be free, and open to the community.

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Brian K. Hartwell, Ed.D.
District Superintendent of Schools

1879 West Genesee Street Rd.
Auburn, NY 13021
Phone: (315) 253-0361

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