Parkview Elementary School fourth graders took their traditional pre-Thanksgiving break activity to a new level on Tuesday, Nov. 21 in the school's cafeteria.

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This year, the annual gingerbread house building event incorporated a STEM element, with the students engineering house plans that they then attempted to construct with graham crackers, icing and candy decorations. Some were successful, others ended up with structures that definitely would not meet building codes, but everyone had fun.

PIC1: Fourth grader Isabelle Boyer carefully places icing on a decorated piece of graham cracker before placing it on the roof of the house she is building Tuesday, Nov. 21, as part of Parkview Elementary School's traditional gingerbread house building activity.

PIC2: Enrique Magana adds candy decorations to the roof of his gingerbread house.

PIC3: Parkview Elementary fourth graders were able to consult with teachers and parents to help them successfully build their gingerbread houses.

PIC4: Kylie Moreno carefully cuts a graham cracker to use as part of the rook of her gingerbread house.