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Harrison Rizzo, 4, smiles with delight at his frosted hands after building a gingerbread house Thursday during Science Central’s Building Winter Fun Day Camp. Campers learned about the architecture of igloos, log cabins and gingerbread houses.
Education Notebook

Campers build sweet knowledge

The key to keeping the walls of a gingerbread house standing is frosting: Lots and lots of frosting, the children learned.

Several young builders participated in the “Building Winter Fun” camp, conducted Thursday as part of Science Central’s winter-break camp series.

The campers, ages 3 to 5, spent the day learning about the architecture of igloos, log cabins and gingerbread houses – while having a little fun along the way.

The children built a sugar cube igloo by building blocks of sugar cubes up and over the top of a plastic Easter egg and later created log cabins using tubes of cardboard that had been cut to resemble Lincoln Logs.

But crafting a gingerbread house out of nothing more than sugar was a real project, the children agreed.

Jones Wonderly, 5, said the hardest part about making a gingerbread house was getting it to stay together and deciding how to decorate it.

“We’re going to put a roof on here. Then these candies can be the lights,” Jones said, sorting through the packages of candy until he found some colorful bulb-shaped pieces.

Harrison Rizzo, 4, squeezed the tube of frosting over his hands before smearing it on the sides of the gingerbread house.

“It’s all sticky. Look at my hands!” he said, giggling.


•Old National Bank Foundation has awarded a $7,500 grant to the YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne to support the Team Students of Success program at the Renaissance Pointe YMCA.

•Medtech College has been named a 2013 Best in Biz Awards winner in the Executive Team of the Year category and for Best Place to Work.

•Leo High School Roar of the Lions Marching Band traveled to the Walt Disney World Resort in November to take part in the “You’re Instrumental” program and the Main Street Electrical Pre-Parade program.

•The Questa Education Foundation recently selected the following students as scholars: Melody Monday, Rebecca Manns, LaShawnda Williams, James Holstein and Clark Hamilton, attending IPFW; Jessica Hernandez and Rehab Dahab, attending Manchester University; Melissa Balfour, Brian Spond and Rachelle Reinking, attending University of Saint Francis; Stephen Ratcliff, Johnnie Green, Yon Beckler, Chris Wallace, Brookelynn Beckler, Kristina Wiegman, Nancy Meeks and James Jones, attending Ivy Tech Community College Northeast; Zacharey Bearss attending Trine University.

•The Grainger Foundation has donated $10,100 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Indiana in support of its mission to help children reach their potential through one-to-one mentoring relationships.


•North Highlands Center for Learning is a free after-school program for students that runs Monday through Thursday from 3 to 5:30 p.m. at Grace Presbyterian Church Hall, 1811 N. Fairhill Road. For more information, contact or 426-4712.

•The McMillen Center for Health Education will offer Morning Health for Homeschoolers the first Tuesday of each month at 11 a.m. The cost is $4 per student age 3 and up. For more information, go online to; call 456-4511 or email

Harrison College

•Harrison College recently received national accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education for the college’s 21-month registered nurse to bachelor of science in nursing program.

Trine University

•Trine University’s 11th annual Black and White Scholarship Gala, which raises funds for scholarships, is scheduled for Feb. 8. Tickets are $150 for couples and $75 for individuals. To donate to the silent auction or reserve tickets, please contact the Office of Alumni and Development at or call 260-665-4114.

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