Books turn into pump­kins at Hig­don El­e­men­tary

Stu­dents, staff dec­o­rate gourds as char­ac­ters from fa­vorite sto­ries

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By JAMIE ANFENSON-COMEAU jan­fen­son-comeau@somd­news.com Twit­ter: @JamieACIndyNews

The li­brary at Dr. Thomas Hig­don El­e­men­tary School in New­burg got a lit­tle spook- ier this week, with more than 80 pump­kins dec­o­rated in the style of book char­ac­ters by stu­dents and staff.

Hig­don Prin­ci­pal Kath­leen Mor­gan said this was the first year the school held its Pump­kin Book Project.

“We’ve al­ways pro­moted stu­dents read­ing a book, but one of the things we’ve high­lighted with the me­dia spe­cial­ist this year was get­ting cre­ative with the stu­dents, and we in­volved the staff in par­tic­i­pat­ing,” Mor- gan said. “Some pump­kins have been trans­formed into many, many, many dif­fer­ent book char­ac­ters, so we’re very ex­cited with the way it’s turned out.”

Sarah Gobe, Hig­don me­dia spe­cial­ist, said the idea was to have stu­dents dec­o­rate pump­kins in the style of a char­ac­ter from their fa­vorite book.

Gobe said that when she ini­tially de­vel­oped the idea, she thought she might get a few sub­mis­sions.

“I ended up get­ting 88,” Gobe said. “I was hop­ing I’d maybe get as many as 10 to par­tic­i­pate, but then it blew up.”

Gobe said par­ents were al­lowed to help dec­o­rate the pump­kins.

“Fam­i­lies could work with stu­dents on the dec­o­ra­tion,” Gobe said. “But I re­ally wanted it to be a stu­dent-led project.”

Even teach­ers got in on the act, Gobe said, con­tribut­ing dec­o­rated pump­kins as well.

Stu­dents will vote on which one is their fa­vorite, but Gobe said she her­self doesn’t have one win­ner.

“Ev­ery sin­gle child has come in ex­cited about their fa­vorite pump­kin, but there’s no way I could pick a fa­vorite, I love them all,” Gobe said.

Gobe said no names were at­tached to the pump­kins so that stu­dent voting would be based on the pump­kin, not its creator.

The pump­kins were on dis­play at the school through Thurs­day evening’s “Trunk or Treat” Hal­loween event.

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