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posted: 12/21/2013 12:01 AM

Older, younger students team up on gingerbreak house projects at Rockland School

Students team up to build edible houses at Rockland School

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  • Rockland School fifth-grader Jamie Nicholson works on her gingerbread house as the fifth- and first-graders teamed up on the project in Libertyville.

      Rockland School fifth-grader Jamie Nicholson works on her gingerbread house as the fifth- and first-graders teamed up on the project in Libertyville.

  • Students picked their favorite candy to decorate their gingerbread houses at Rockland Elementary School in Libertyville.

       Students picked their favorite candy to decorate their gingerbread houses at Rockland Elementary School in Libertyville.
    Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

  • First-grader Jordan Coughlin, right, and his fifth grade book buddy, Ethan Early, work to create gingerbread houses at Rockland Elementary School in Libertyville.

       First-grader Jordan Coughlin, right, and his fifth grade book buddy, Ethan Early, work to create gingerbread houses at Rockland Elementary School in Libertyville.
    Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

  • First-grader Emily Psyhogios, left, and her fifth grade book buddy, Payton Rodriguez, build gingerbread houses at Rockland Elementary School in Libertyville.

       First-grader Emily Psyhogios, left, and her fifth grade book buddy, Payton Rodriguez, build gingerbread houses at Rockland Elementary School in Libertyville.
    Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

  • Rockland School fifth-grader Kylie Miller pays attention to detail as she creates her gingerbread house.

       Rockland School fifth-grader Kylie Miller pays attention to detail as she creates her gingerbread house.
    photos by Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

 
 

First-graders armed with frosting, graham crackers and candy teamed up with their fifth-grade book buddies to make gingerbread houses at Rockland Elementary School in Libertyville.

Christmas music filled the classroom as kids worked diligently for about an hour to create their Christmas masterpieces.

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"Students are encouraged to be as creative as they want when constructing their house and are able to bring them home at the end of the day," first-grade teacher Jenae DeRue said of the project.

The buddy classes meet once a week to help the younger students with reading, academics and projects.

"The students love working together and it's a great way for our older students to interact with the younger ones," DeRue said.

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