When the Macon R-I kindergartners went to take their gingerbread men out of the oven on Monday, December 16, they noticed something was missing—all 61 of their gingerbread men.
“Officer Dawdy and the Chief of Police came down and helped us make a ‘missing persons’ report and talked to us about stranger danger and what to do if we were lost,” said Macon Elementary Teacher Rebecca Haley. “We made missing persons posters and hung them around school. We thought this would be a fun project for the kids.”
Throughout the week, the missing gingerbread men caused all sorts of “ruckus” at different places. Then various people came and spoke to the kindergartners about what their gingerbread men had done.
“Mrs. Haley, Mrs. Weiseman, Mrs. Petre and I thought this would be a good idea for the kids to learn about the community and the jobs that were in the community,” said Elementary teacher Tracy Tate. “We were able to see how members of our community helped us and why they are important.”
Presenters included SRO Officer Dawdy and Chief Olinger, High School PE teacher Jennifer Riekeberg, Elementary Librarian Ashlie Meisner, Tish Carr from Hunter’s Haven, McDonalds Guest Service Manager Lori Grubb, Alecia Lassing and Deb Keithley from the Macon Chronicle-Herald, Joey Evans from the Macon Fowler Memorial Airport, Retired Teacher and Photographer Shellie Claiborne and High School Principal Dustin Fanning.
Principal Fanning was the individual who ended up capturing the gingerbread men.
“A big part of my job is helping people solve problems,” said Fanning. “You all had a big problem. I was so happy to be able to help you guys solve it.”
And when the Macon R-I kindergartners heard their gingerbread men had been found, well, I think the picture above shows their excitement.
“We found the gingerbread men,” sang the kindergartners. “We found the gingerbread men!”
After the gingerbread men were captured, the kindergartners spent the afternoon decorating.
“The kids loved it,” said Hailey. “Plus we had a lot of community support, which made this a fun and exciting learning experience.”