Children Learn Meaning Of Christmas Is Giving

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Even though it's October, Santa's littlest helpers are already at work in their Payson kitchen.

The pre-kindergartners at Community Presbyterian Child Learning Center are making cookies, frosting cupcakes, baking brownies and stirring up Rice Krispy treats to sell at their spaghetti dinner and bake sale on Nov. 3.

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Whose turn is it to pour in the chocolate chips? Robin Johnson's pre-kindergarten class of four- and five-year-olds prepare cookies for a Nov. 3 bake sale and spaghetti dinner. Proceeds will benefit less fortunate children in Payson at Christmas. Pictured left to right are Corey, Ellie and Bailee.

Proceeds from the event will be used to help less fortunate children in Payson at Christmas.

"Last year, we were able to purchase a want and a need for 19 children," teacher Robin Johnson said.

The Community Presbyterian Child Learning Center sold calendars, cards and hosted art auctions in past years to raise money for children of the Angel Tree. This is the first year they will host a dinner.

"The children ask every day, ‘Is this the day we get to help Santa?'" Johnson said.

Only two of the children didn't love spaghetti, but they all agreed they loved cookies.

"It's soft," Jacob said as he dipped his fingertips into the cookie flour.

"It's a good thing we washed our hands first," Johnson said, as 10 children wriggled for space around the mixing bowl.

Ellie got to put in a teaspoon of baking soda after she learned how scraping the spoon against the lid of the jar meant the amount was just right.

Johnson made sure each child felt like they contributed to the task, and perhaps absorbed a little math into the bargain.

Cassidy, Cheyanne and Seth each filled a measuring cup to the brim with white sugar, following the recipe.

The children marveled how brown sugar holds its shape and "looks like sand castles."

Decorative popcorn jars are another treat the children put together for sale at the fund-raiser.

The spaghetti dinner and bake sale will be held from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3.

Tickets are $5/person, $20/for a family up to 6 and $2.50 for each additional child.

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