FountainGlen residents and CHS Interact club decorate gingerbread houses

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Fountain Glen residents decorate gingerbread houses Dec. 13, courtesy of Chaparral High School Interact club, Temecula Sunrise Rotary and more. Valley News/Courtesy photo

TEMECULA – The Chaparral High School Interact service club hosted a gingerbread house making party at FountainGlen Senior Apartments in Temecula, Friday, Dec. 13, with help from Temecula Sunrise Rotary Club, California Scholars Federation and Tri-M Club.

More than 40 Chaparral students visited FountainGlen Temecula and helped 20-30 senior residents participating make gingerbread houses. They served cookies, chips, coffee and water, sponsored by the Interact club and the California Scholars Foundation, while members from the Tri-M Club sang, played keyboard, flute and violin and danced.

The Chaparral High School Interact service club has been spent 2019 developing a close relationship with the senior residents at FountainGlen. The club began with a Valentine’s Day dance.

The next event was a pumpkin carving party in October where the Interact members helped the seniors to decorate many jack-‘o-lanterns, with pumpkins provided by Interact and the Temecula Sunrise Rotary Club.

The club plans to put on another Valentine’s Day party in 2020.

The Interact club’s advisor is Jean Weinfurter, member of Temecula Sunrise Rotary, who has helped Interact carry out many community service projects, such as an Old Town Temecula cleanup and several food pantry collections.

“The students were thoughtful and kind to these seniors, and the residents really enjoyed being with them. The noises from the chatting and laughing could be heard throughout,” Weinfurter said. “Some residents I ran into afterward thanked me for organizing these events. And those high school students left with lighter feet and promised to be back for another event.”

For more information, call (951) 698-6116 to see how to get involved.

Submitted by Temecula Sunrise Rotary.