published Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

Hamilton County Commissioners bake up cookies for holiday cheer

Hamilton County Commissioner Larry Henry, center, decorates holiday cookies with East Lake Academy special needs sixth-grader Ethan in Courtney Rouse's classroom Monday afternoon.
Hamilton County Commissioner Larry Henry, center, decorates holiday cookies with East Lake Academy special needs sixth-grader Ethan in Courtney Rouse's classroom Monday afternoon.
Photo by Dan Henry.
  • Hamilton County Commissioners decorate cookies with special needs students
    Hamilton County commissioners joined an East Lake Academy special needs class to decorate cookies for the holidays Monday.
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    East Lake Academy special needs 7th grader Grace decorates holiday cookies with Commissioner Joe Graham, right, in Courtney Rouse's class Monday afternoon.
    Photo by Dan Henry /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Five Hamilton County commissioners got together Monday to spread a little Christmas cheer across a batch of cookies.

Commissioner Chester Bankston donned an apron at East Lake Academy to roll and cut the dough. Once the cookies were baked, Commissioners Tim Boyd, Joe Graham, Warren Mackey and Larry Henry wielded bowls of icing and bottles of food coloring as they helped special-education students in Courtney Rouse's classroom decorate gingerbread men, stars and candy canes.

The activity tied together holiday lessons and life skills, Rouse said.

The commissioners' visit lets the student "know who in the community they need to reach if they need to advocate for themselves," Rouse said.

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CBIKAS said...

Thank you commissioners for showing some class. I wish some of our other politicians would realize that they serve the community, not vice versa.

Respectfully yours, Charles Bikas

December 20, 2011 at 10:03 a.m.
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