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Festive Gingerbread Activities Abound

FSDB students pose for photo during gingerbread making activity

As it happens, on the FSDB campus no one can resist the fun of gingerbread. This year adult staff from several departments as well as students from schools and dorms got into the holiday spirit by constructing festive and colorful Gingerbread Houses. Read this compilation of gingery activities to learn more!


Students participated in a holiday team building activity for the fourth year in a row. Eight different gingerbread houses were delivered to Copeland Hall for this festive occasion. Students from the Blind Elementary and Deaf Elementary Schools strategized on how they would creatively design their gingerbread houses with older mentors from the Blind and Deaf High Schools and Continuing Education. When the houses were complete, the students enjoyed gazing at their creations, displaying them as a team. In the final hour, students were rewarded for their team efforts by frosting and decorating holiday cookies—which they then enjoyed with ice cold milk.


High School dormitory and apartment students gathered to mentor Elementary School students in Positive Behavior Support through a holiday spirit activity. Older students taught younger students the techniques of gingerbread house building, how to frost and decorate cookies so they all could enjoy them with milk. The younger students each took either a gingerbread man or a holiday tree cookie when they departed. Parenting students from Anne Parson’s classes were incredible at setting up for this tradition.

Moore Hall

For the first time ever, staff members in the various departments housed in Moore Hall hosted their gingerbread house competition. Accounting, Budgets and Grants, Human Resources, Communications & Public Relations, Advancement, Training & Quality Assurance, Parent Services, and Business Services Departments built unique gingerbread dwellings using a basic package provided by Human Resources. Eight distinctive and eye-catching gingerbread houses went on display; campus staff members cast ballots for their personal favorite, the winner of will turned out to be the Budgets & Grants Department. The Ginger Houses reflected lighted holiday houses, city landmarks, beach/water scenes (sunny Florida), and a even science fiction theme!

By Christi Boortz, Instructional Services


About FSDB The Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind is a tuition-free state public school and outreach center available to eligible Pre-K and K-12 students who are deaf/hard of hearing, blind/visually impaired, or deafblind. At FSDB, students learn how to do more, be more, and achieve more, fulfilling our vision of preparing them for a lifetime of success. FSDB gratefully accepts private donations to support vital programs that directly benefit students and are not paid by state general revenue funds. To learn about eligibility for enrollment or arrange for a campus tour, contact FSDB Parent Services at 904-827-2212 voice or 904-201-4527 videophone. For more information, visit


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