Students create characters from pumpkins

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Neighbors | Alexis Bartolomucci.Second-grade students at Poland Union Elementary decorated pumpkins based off of characters from stories they read. Pictured are, from left, Aubrey Blinsky, Dylan Myers and Gavin Seifert.


Neighbors | Alexis Bartolomucci.Second-grade students in Alyssa Patrick's class at Poland Union Elementary held up the pumpkins they were working on that they decorated based on a story they read. Pictured are, from left, Renzo, Leonard, Aubrie and Chase.


Neighbors | Alexis Bartolomucci.Second-graders Morgan Brammer and Genevieve Majcejko held up the pig pumpkins they decorated during school at Poland Union Elementary.


Second-grade students at Poland Union Elementary School decorated their own pumpkins based off of the characters from books they read in class.

Each class read at least one story and decorated their pumpkin like the main character. There were books like “Arthur,” “The Rainbow Fish“ and several others. The idea was to make a fun Halloween project and that would relate to class work. The second-grade classes were learning about different character traits from books.

“We talked about internal and external character traits all week with our character and then they’re turning their pumpkin into that character for the week,” said second-grade teacher Alyssa Patrick.

The students had their own pumpkin to decorate. They painted the pumpkins and used other materials to make their pumpkin look like the book character. The second-grade classes read different books so there were a variety of pumpkin characters to look at.

Creating a pumpkin character was an enjoyable experience for both the students and teachers. The project allowed the students to participate in a hands-on learning activity and make something for the holiday.

The pumpkins would be set out through Oct. 31 for Halloween and the students will be able to take them home at the end of the school day.

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