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Fairgrieve’s Storybook Pumpkin Patch Grows From Literacy Seeds

It’s growing season at Fairgrieve Elementary School, with the success of the annual Storybook Pumpkin Patch.

Displayed in the building’s library media center, the Storybook Pumpkin Patch took over the center’s class-wide learning space to produce rows of decorative pumpkins, based on storybook characters.

Fairgrieve Elementary School library media specialist Barb Senecal, right, introduces Fulton City School District Superintendent Brian Pulvino to the building’s 2018 Storybook Pumpkin Patch.
Fairgrieve Elementary School library media specialist Barb Senecal, right, introduces Fulton City School District Superintendent Brian Pulvino to the building’s 2018 Storybook Pumpkin Patch.

The fun, take-home project encouraged students in grades pre-kindergarten through six to read a book and create a pumpkin to help bring a character of their choice to life.

Each student also completed a fact sheet with written details such as the pumpkin’s name, book title and a description of the character.

Library media specialist Barb Senecal said a total 55 pumpkins were displayed and all participating students received a special treat when they took their pumpkins home after Halloween.

A sparkly pink pumpkin was created from a “Pinkalicious” character, while a few “Pete the Cat” pumpkins found themselves in the patch, as well as “Cat in the Hat” and “Harry Potter,” among dozens of others.

Senecal applauded each students’ creativity with the optional activity.