Middle school students build gingerbread houses for the community

Middle school art students built gingerbread houses as a service project.  
Carrying on a beloved middle school art tradition, students worked in groups to design fantasy buildings from movies. Previous themes have included monuments, cartoons, modes of transportation, or even particular architectural styles. 

Students designed their structures using a cardboard base, and they learned how to use a laser cutter to cut the cardboard and create more precise structures. After developing the initial structure, students added artistic flares by decorating with icing, graham crackers, and candy. 

After being displayed at Wesleyan, the gingerbread houses were donated to care facilities around the city. Parents volunteered to find and secure recipients of the 25-30 houses and to deliver the projects. This process helps open the door to building a relationship between the school and the community. 

“Organizations such as the Ronald McDonald House, senior living facilities, and children’s care homes have been receiving the houses for years and look forward to them each year,” explained Heather Niemann, middle school art teacher. 

Well done, middle school art students! What a beautiful way to use your gift of creativity to bless those around you.