A Sweet Holiday Village

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Setauket Elementary School fourth- and fifth-grade math club members constructed a gingerbread village for the residents of the Long Island State Veterans Home in Stony Brook.

After discussing such mathematical concepts as perimeter, area and patterns, the students used small candy treats to create the nearly 5-foot-long display. The completed piece, which not only included a house but such things as a skating rink, was delivered to the home before the holiday break and was put on display in the location’s recreation room for all the residents to enjoy.

Throughout the year, the club members meet to play different math games and use hands-on manipulatives to better understand various concepts. Starting in February, the school will expand the club to include kindergarten and first-grade.