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Woodward students create gingerbread houses

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Three Walter Woodward Elementary School second and third graders display their gingerbread houses Monday. They are, from left, Andrew Robison, 7, Bryant Davis, 8, and Carsyn Van Zant, 7.

GLENN KAHL/The Bulletin

POSTED December 18, 2012 12:04 a.m.

One eight-year-old boy out of the nearly 100 children creating gingerbread houses from crackers, candies and frosting Monday afternoon at Walter Woodward Elementary School was also memorializing the tragedy in Newtown, Conn., in his own way by wearing an important color scheme to school.

Bryant Davis, 8, was modestly dressed in green with white trim — the colors being worn across the country to recognize the 20 children and eight adults killed by a 20-year-old gunman at a kindergarten through fourth grade elementary school on Friday. Those are the school colors for the Sandy Hook campus where the massacre took place.

Bryant said his 6-year-old brother, Bryson — a first grader at Woodward Elementary — was also wearing the distinguishing colors as was their mother Sunjih, who Bryant said stays at home for them. Bryant was well aware of why he was wearing those colors – to remember those boys and girls so far away.

Four long rows of tables in the school’s cafeteria had children seated quietly on both sides, intent on making their own personal gingerbread houses as teachers monitored the many art projects underway. Some of the houses were gooey and some were sticky, but they were all centered on paper plates and going into brown shopping bags for the trek to their homes.

Manteca Police School Resource Officer Shawn Cavin made a point to be on hand to give the children his support. As they all filed out the door to waiting parents, the officer gave each of them a gentle high-five for a job well done.

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