London Bridge Learning Center, the East Greenwich non-profit school for infants to 5 years old is holding their 10th annual Gingerbread House Decoration Fundraiser on December 1st at the East Greenwich Firemen’s Hall at 80 Queens St.
This year London Bridge is doubling the number of houses available for sale to 100 as it adds to make the event its major fundraiser of the year.
Each gingerbread house will be sold for $30, and two can be bought for $50. The money raised by this event will benefit the overall budget for the learning center. The two gingerbread decoration sessions are from 9 a.m. to noon, and from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Director and Preschool teacher at London Bridge, Janet Kenney, has been running this event for the past 10 years. She said, “Everyone who comes to it loves it, and they always come back. It is fun for a 3-year-old, it’s fun for a teenager, it’s fun for grownups. We’ll have full tables of adult women decorating them and using them for their buffet, or dining room decoration.”
She added, “We chose to do two sessions this year because we have more houses, and we couldn’t all fit in there at one time.”
All of the gingerbread houses are freshly baked by the center with the help of Chartwell Dining at New England Tech.
“We make them, bake them, assemble them, and have the event the next day. So, they’re freshly baked, and we also make the icing. Everyone who attends gets an icing tube to decorate with, a little Santa to stick on, and a chocolate bar,” Kenney said.
She also remarked that, “We also have a lot of candy they can use, too. And we’ve received sponsors for this event from Chartwell Dining, who donated the gingerbread and powdered sugar, as well as grandparents, and Magic Nails in East Greenwich.”
The London Bridge Learning Center is located on 165 Duke St. in East Greenwich and has been providing childcare for over 23 years. They are licensed by the Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF), and by the R.I. Department of Education, and also accept families who are in the Department of Human Services (DHS). “Not all centers take DHS subsidy” Kenney said, “But we do, because we believe strongly in having choices for everyone.”
Homes can be bought by contacting Kenney at 338-5406 or by mailing payments to London Bridge Learning Center. All orders are to be placed no later than November 25.