Kindergarteners search for a sweet reward

SUN FILE PHOTO Last year a helicopter from Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office dropped off gingerbread men to waiting kindergarteners at Englewood Elementary.

Englewood Elementary School kindergarteners are on the lookout for five gingerbread men out on the prowl after escaping the school cafeteria Friday.

Mark Grossenbacher, principal of Englewood Elementary School, described the suspects as 3-feet tall with M&M buttons and Twizzler features.

“It’s a great way for our kindergarteners to get to know our campus and search for clues,” Grossenbacher said. “I solicited the help of parents with the search. Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office is on the case. They were last seen going down W. Perry St.”

Last year, SCSO recovered the gingerbread men and transported them via helicopter.

Grossenbacher said SCSO will provide an update to the case at 10:15 a.m. Wednesday at the school at 150 N. McCall Road, Englewood.

If you happen to see the suspects, approach with caution since they’re considered armed and extremely tasty.


About Tom

Tom Chang is a freelance journalist with a background in multimedia journalism and web publishing. He is currently pursuing his Masters in Journalism and Media Studies from the University of South Florida St.Petersburg. He graduated in 2004 with a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communications at USF Tampa. Tom's interests include a little bit of everything from entertainment to sports. He also wishes to delve into creative writing writing sci-fi/fantasy stories. Tom was recently the Online Editor for USF St. Petersburg's the Crow's Nest, he joined the staff in January 2010 where he started freelance writing, photographing, copy editing and later became a staff writer. Tom’s freelance experience in journalism amassed a wide range of companies including Creative Loafing, The Focus Magazine, Lutz News,, and Tampa Tribune.
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