BORO Sugar Shack Hosts Gingerbread House Decorating Event

Superintendent Amber Bock helps Melanie and Sam Dean decorate their homes during a gingerbread house decorating event at the BORO Sugar Shack in Westborough on December 5th. (Photo / Laura Hayes)

WESTBOROUGH – With tubes of frosting and cups filled with candy, Westborough Public Schools Superintendent Amber Bock hosted a special gingerbread house decorating event at the BORO Sugar Shack in town on December 5th .

The Sugar shack is part of the district’s BORO program, which helps students with special needs learn skills for employment after high school.

BORO Sugar Shack plans to host this gingerbread house decorating event on an annual basis in the future.

“Any opportunity we have to showcase the Sugar Shack, showcase the BORO program and show people that we’re here and the fun things we do is great and makes me happy,” said Erin LaPrad, Program Coordinator. BORO. “It gives me great pleasure to see our students involved. “

The event took place for the first time two years ago.

“It was so much fun,” LaPrad said. “Then, last year, we wanted to start over. Obviously with COVID we couldn’t do it in person. “

A year ago, the staff set up a studio in the Sugar Shack store to live stream Bock at the helm of the decorating event. Families bought kits and were able to follow along.

“The families really appreciated this,” LaPrad said.

The event was back in person this year, once again with Bock in the lead.

“We love the holidays,” Bock said at the start of the event. “For us it’s a super fun thing to do.”

There were eight seats available and the event was sold out, although Westborough TV broadcast it live on its Facebook page.

“I love that the schools in Westborough have a superintendent who likes to do this kind of thing,” LaPrad said. “It’s a way for her to connect with the community and to be able to have this joke that doesn’t involve schools… She’s a mom and she’s enjoying the season too.”


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