Youngsters learn to make inexpensive holiday gifts

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A mixture of powdered cocoa, marshmallows and candy sprinkles packaged to resemble an ice cream cone is an item Jennie Beck had seen a lot over the holiday season.

Tracey Hoel, a Schofield Middle School sixth grader, scoops some peppermint chips into a bag during a Christmas craft workshop at the Aiken County Library.  Charmain Z. Brackett/Correspondent
Charmain Z. Brackett/Correspondent
Tracey Hoel, a Schofield Middle School sixth grader, scoops some peppermint chips into a bag during a Christmas craft workshop at the Aiken County Library.

"They can cost $6," said Ms. Beck, children's librarian at the Aiken County Library, who offered a workshop on Dec. 20 to show middle and high school students how to make the cute gift at a much lower cost.

"You can make 25 for $20," she said.

Plastic bags with 12 tablespoons of powdered cocoa, some peppermint chips, marshmallows or chipped chocolate mints were dressed up with colorful ribbons and stickers to make and inexpensive item that could be a Christmas gift.

"I wanted to do something for the older kids so they'd get something out of it. I wanted to come up with a meaningful Christmas gift because most of these kids don't have part-time jobs," she said.

Each participant at the workshop was able to make several of the "fabulous mint cocoa" treats.

"I like this," said Andrea Esselman, a Kennedy Middle school pupil. "I was looking for something easy to make."

Sisters Tracey and Bonnie Hoel are regular library goers, so the workshop was an added part of their normal routine.

The next program for young adults is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12.

"CSRA Defensive Arts will offer a free self-defense class," said Ms. Beck.

The class is open to girls 12 and older. Ms. Beck said adults also can attend.

For more information, call (803) 642-2020.

Reach Charmain Brackett at czbrackett@hotmail.com.

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