Students in Ms. Beth Poluszejko’s 5th grade classes brought their language arts lesson to life by creating intricate gingerbread houses this year. They participated in the 14th Annual PPG Gingerbread House Display to raise money for Children’s Hospital’s Free Care Fund.
Students worked on the houses for nearly a month, carefully crafting their edible masterpieces - one gumdrop, one marshmallow, one candy cane – at a time. Each house is a visualization based on a poem or literary theme students studied in class.
To add to the excitement of the competition, Mrs. Poluszejko made a deal with her students. If they raised at least $400, she agreed to cut her hair and donate it to charity. Students began organizing school-wide fundraisers and ended up collecting more than $1700 in donations. Now Mrs. Poluszejko is proudly sporting a new hairdo his holiday season!
The student gingerbread houses are now on display downtown at the PPG Wintergarden.
South Fayette Township School District thanks all the students, parents, and faculty who helped make this charitable project a success!