Moore students create signature donuts, raise money for great cause

Moore Middle School sixth-graders Ruby Sitzman, left, and Katelyn Obuchowski with their winning donut.

Students in Amber Oligmueller’s sixth-grade family and consumer science course at Moore Middle School were treated to a pretty sweet baking lesson recently.

They not only created their own signature donuts, they also had their donuts judged by Moore’s school resource officer, Lincoln Police Officer Alan Pickering. His top five choices were forwarded to Hurts Donut, a donut shop in downtown Lincoln, who then picked the top two student-made donuts.

Hurts Donut will recreate the first- and second-place donuts and sell them on March 24. All of the proceeds will go to Moore and its fundraising efforts for the BackPack Extra Mile Walk.

Students worked in pairs. Ruby Sitzman and Katelyn Obuchowski were the winning bakers and they actually created two donuts that work in tandem. The donuts were formed in the shape of a butterfly, one with different shades of yellow frosting to represent sunlight, the other in shades of blue to represent moonlight. The cake donuts were decorated with edible pearls, gummy worms and googly eyes.

“When I was little I used to like to catch butterflies so I thought it would be cool,” Obuchowski said.

“And we thought of using bright colors and dark colors like day and night,” Sitzman added.

Kalli Rhodes and Hope Gibbons created the second-place donut with the theme “Under the Sea.”

Oligmueller said the lesson incorporated creativity and teamwork, as well as a chance to involve Pickering in a classroom activity so he could continue to build relationships with students.

“The donuts were just a perk,” she said.

Published: March 13, 2019, Updated: March 13, 2019