2009-12-10 / Local & State

Gingerbread House Decorating Sweetens Christmas For Kids

Pictured are some of the entries in Saturday’s kids’ gingerbread house decorating contest held in conjunction with Christmas In McConnellsburg. Pictured are some of the entries in Saturday’s kids’ gingerbread house decorating contest held in conjunction with Christmas In McConnellsburg. SPECIAL TO THE NEWS

Simple Acts of Kindness sponsored its first kids’ gingerbread house decorating contest on Saturday, December 5, at the Fulton Theatre as part of the “Christmas in McConnellsburg” festivities.

A little more than 100 kids ranging in age from four years to 12 participated in the event. They were given a preconstructed gingerbread house, a bag of candy, and pink, green and white icing. Contestants had to design their own creation using these supplies. Houses were judged and prizes given to first-, second- and third-place winners in three age groups as well as a crowd-selected People’s Choice Award. Winning gingerbread houses are on display this week at the Fulton County Library. Honorary judges included Pam Ott, McConnellsburg Elementary School librarian; Kendra Trail, Southern Fulton Elementary principal; and Ken Wisner, director of Fulton County Christian Social Services.

Winners included 4-6-yearolds: first - Hayden Schetrompf, second - Rebecca Welsh and third -Olivia Alexander; 7-9-yearolds: first - Courtney Schoen, second -Cooper Toothman and third - Nichole Youngblood; 10- 12-year-olds: first - Kyle Hoover, second -Elijah West and third - Kadi Mellott; and People’s Choice Award - Elijah West. Several local businesses sponsored the event, including Save-A-Lot, Giant, Community State Bank of Orbisonia, Kimmel Nationwide Insurance Agency, Fulton County Chamber of Commerce and Fulton County Library.

Simple Acts of Kindness is a local community outreach program of Fulton County Christian Social Services. For more information, visit the Web site at sakindness.org or contact via email at syounblood@ sakindness.org or dhawkins@sakindness.org. Donations may be made to this organization payable to: Christian Social Services, c/o Simple Acts of Kindness at P.O. Box 462 Mc- Connellsburg, PA 17233.

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