Ten students from Chardon High School hosted their first holiday cookie social activity for staff during the school day on December 17th. The two-hour open house event took place in a room adjacent to the school’s library and showcased the dozens of candy creations the students had made on-site earlier in the week, including flowers from peanut, sugar cookies, bucks and cane bark.

Real-life skills opportunities for students included tracking recipes for success, exercising social etiquette skills, and serving food in a safe and professional manner to others. HIlltoppers also donated many cookies to community first responders.

The 10 students who made the event possible included Grade 8 student Deanna Fairbanks; freshman Trevor Wascovich; sophomores Jack Geraci, Dylan Gribbons, Jessica Kitchen, Will Longar and Brittney Metz; juniors Justin Friedman and Delaney Hagan; and Austin Snow senior.

The project was facilitated by faculty members Amanda Bunker, Karen Beran, Maggie Cook, and Kim Koynock.

The atmosphere of the social event was amplified by a beautiful presentation of the cookies on trays; glass punch bowls; seasonally decorated tables with centerpieces; and a video of a flickering fireplace looping over a screen in the background, according to a press release from the school district.

A steady stream of attendees took part in the cookies and the conversation, including School Resources Manager Derek Carlson, the school principal and vice-principals, many CHS faculty members, and the treasurer / principal. District Financial Deb Armbruster.

“The hard work of the students was greatly appreciated, as many staff members praised their pastry, service and social skills,” said Bunker.

The Chardon Fire Department touted student cookies for first responders through a December 17 post on the CFD’s Facebook page:

“Students in the CHS Life Skills course baked cookies for the Chardon Fire Department, Chardon Police Department and the Ohio State Highway Patrol. Thank you for supporting all of us, first responders. We will snack between the fire and EMS calls! “