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A Sweet Exchange

A Sweet Exchange
December 21
00:00 2012

[pullquote]“This project has allowed the pre-K children to gain a better understanding of different states, schools, and cultures; all while giving them a creative outlet to express themselves through their individual gingerbread creations…[/pullquote]The Child Development Center at Davidson County Community College is sending out sweet greetings this holiday season. The pre-K class at the Center is participating in the Gingerbread Exchange, a gift-swap of personalized gingerbread men between schools across the country.

The pre-K class worked together to decorate 15 individual gingerbread men to send to each of the 15 schools in its group. The holiday shipments also included a letter about their school, children and teachers as well as a class picture.

“This project has allowed the pre-K children to gain a better understanding of different states, schools, and cultures; all while giving them a creative outlet to express themselves through their individual gingerbread creations,” says Sydney Crutchfield, assistant pre-K teacher for the Center.

To supplement their gingerbread-themed gift exchange, the students also created a story using their own ideas, words and illustrations, called “Gingerbread’s Adventure to China.” The story is displayed outside the pre-K classroom.

The Gingerbread Exchange was created by a teacher in Texas to connect classrooms across the country in a shared spirit of generosity and fellowship during the holiday season.

So far, the pre-K class has received eight responses from schools in Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C.

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