GALT — More than 100 gingerbread houses built by families, businesses, organizations and students have been donated to the Rae House for a silent auction this weekend to raise the funds for elementary student field trips.
Many, including one assembled jointly by the Senior Club and the River Oaks Elementary Student Council, were an inter-generational efforts, according to Leesa Klotz who helped organize a preparation event last week.
“It is really an amazing thing to see the community come together once again -- and all to help students hand-on learning in our Galt schools,” said Klotz who spearheaded a fundraising drive last school year to keep the district’s libraries open when budgets were tight.
Last week’s decorating event allowed students the opportunity to see, feel, hear and taste what they learn, she added.
“Students explored the attributes of executive function and learned to work in teams. They have given freely to community service and will reap the benefits in social studies and science enrichment on their field trips.”
Festive handmade crafts are also being sold to help fund transportation to living history field trips.
The gingerbread houses were baked by Spaan's Cookies who pulled their historic Gingerbread House cookie cutters out and for the first time in many years, according to Klotz.
The Rae House Holiday Faire will be held from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at 204 Oak Ave., Galt.