After hearing that ginger cookies can help soothe the stomach of people undergoing chemotherapy treatment, Jim Hill Middle School teachers Jane Malsom and Maria Olson decided to incorporate baking ginger cookies for cancer patients into their fractions lessons.
"Jim Hill focuses on doing for others," Malsom said. "It is our belief that even the littlest of gestures can brighten someone's day. Baking ginger cookies seemed like the perfect service learning project for our classrooms."
In addition, Olson felt that baking was incorporated easily into their fraction unit. Students learned how to increase the amount of ingredients by using multiplication.
Back row, Jim Hill Middle School teachers Maria Olson and Jane Malsom; front row, students Peyton Nielson, Curtis Bruce, Quinton Brown, and Joey Schneider show off the ginger cookies they made for patients at the Cancer Care Clinic.
Joey Schneider, a Jim Hill student, said he really liked the idea of doing something special for someone at Christmas. Peyton Nielson added that he hoped the cookies will help the patients feel a bit better.
Student Quinton Brown added that he liked the project because he knew someone with cancer, and Curtis Bruce hoped the cookies made people a little happier at Christmas.
Students baked and packaged more than 200 cookies along with the help of the kitchen staff. The cookies were then delivered to the Cancer Care Clinic.