Letter: Gingerbread joy at the magnet school
Have you ever wondered how Santa’s elves put together all those toys just before Christmas? On Wednesday, Dec. 9, approximately 50 fifth graders at Lake Tahoe Environmental Science Magnet School put the question to a test. In less than two hours, they assembled more than 125 gingerbread houses. Aided by one of Santa’s senior elves; Don “the Baker” Ewing, of Don’s Cakes by the Lake; the team built houses and sorted candy in preparation for their annual gingerbread house decorating fundraising event the following evening. This marks the 15th year Don has helped magnet school fifth graders raise money for an overnight trip to the Bay Area, which includes classes at Lawrence Hall of Science and research aboard the Marine Science Institute’s ship on the south bay. The LTESMS fifth grade wants to acknowledge and thank Don for his generosity. Over the years he has made in the neighborhood of 1,800 houses. This amounts to a contribution of $45,000 to the fifth graders of the past. All he asks is that two of the houses be decorated by the fifth graders and donated to Barton Memorial Hospital. Don’s recipe for 125 houses includes 142 cups of sugar, 96 cups of molasses, 48 cups of shortening, 46 tablespoons of salt, 52 tablespoon of baking soda, 180 tablespoons of ground ginger, 240 eggs, 48 cups of milk, 654 cups of flour, 348 cups of powdered sugar, 740 fresh egg whites and 2 cups of fresh squeezed lemon juice.
South Lake Tahoe