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The Union StaffNevada Union student Ben Goodwin helps Jack Douglas build a gingerbread house Friday.
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Cooky Kephart had no trouble getting her kindergarten and first-grade students off the playground and back into the classroom Friday morning.

As soon as word spread that nine Nevada Union High School students were there to help build gingerbread houses and read to them, the 5- and 6 year-olds ran inside.

“It’s…the…Interact…Club!” Trevor Beall, one of Kephart’s students, said between pants as he ran back into his Chicago Park School classroom.



The nine NU students each took a pair of wee ones and ushered them around a table laid out with graham crackers, jelly beans, red licorice and other candy, and white frosting for glue.

“Line up,” Ben Goodwin instructed his young charges, Jack Douglas and Aaron Smith. “You can get anything you want.”




Goodwin and Jack were also celebrating their birthdays Friday: Goodwin’s 17th and Jack’s 6th.

The NU students additionally had to try to steer the little guys away from eating the construction materials.

“Can I have one of the flat red things?” Blake Marsh, 5, asked a classmate about licorice used to make a house trim.

The Interact Club members came for Halloween and plan to return to make Valentines with the kids for Valentine’s Day.

But the purpose of the 35-member Interact Club is to read to younger children, an experience that enriches the younger students’ education, Kephart said.

“They look up to them,” Kephart said. The little boys “go wild” when the high school boys show up.

Chicago Park student Alex Guzman showed Superintendent Dan Zeisler the coconut flakes on the roof of his gingerbread house.

“Make it secure because it’s supposed to rain tonight,” Zeisler advised Alex.


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