Photo: Earn a degree in ‘Gingerbreadology’

Have you received your degree in Gingerbreadology? (LIR photo by Ashley Freeman)

With the holidays approaching, what better time to construct a gingerbread house?

The WE CARE Fund, the philanthropic arm of the Nassau County Bar Association, hosted its annual Gingerbread University Holiday Workshop on Dec. 3 in Mineola.

Over 100 children and their families decorated gingerbread houses with icing, gumdrops, licorice and peppermints. Upon successful completion of the “course,” graduating students received their creations and a diploma recognizing their “Degree in Gingerbreadology.”

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Florence Fass, the coordinator of Gingerbread University, celebrated the 10-year anniversary of the event.

“I started the program in 2001 for the Christmas after the 9/11 tragedy,” she said. “It was a way to get people in the spirit.”

Nancy Regan and Eileen Burke, teachers at Mineola High School, organize students through the school’s student service center to help at different stations at the event.

“This is my fourth year volunteering,” said Jessica Makowski, a senior at Mineola. “I like seeing the kids have fun.”

Many of the volunteers wish that they knew about Gingerbread University when they were younger so they could have participated in the festivities.

Gingerbread University continues to bring holiday cheer into the lives of children.