Characters transform into pumpkins


There are no tricks, just treats in the storybook pumpkin patches at the four Fulton City School District elementary school library media centers.
 
The fun Halloween and fall-themed project was spearheaded by Jessica Somers, Lanigan Elementary School librarian, who wanted to offer a creative way to involve students and their families in additional reading opportunities.
 
A majority of the pumpkins are designed after a favorite character or scene from a book students read with their class or on their own outside of school. Pumpkins are not carved or cut, rather decorated with colorful paint or markers at home before they were sent into school to be displayed in libraries.
 
Somers said pumpkins from several Lanigan students focused on how people are wonders, which stemmed from the “We’re All Wonders” book by Raquel J. Palacio, about how people are encouraged to follow a kindness movement.
 
At Granby Elementary, librarian Allison Kowalski said she has appreciated the program because “students continually comment on the creative process of creating their pumpkins with their families.” Students were encouraged to write a reflection based on their favorite book character and then bring that character to life on a pumpkin. The greater Granby community was encouraged to walk through the school’s storybook pumpkin patch to check out the amazing work put into the project.
 
Fairgrieve Elementary librarian Barb Senecal said over 20 painted pumpkins filled the school’s storybook pumpkin patch in the library media center.  The project was a first for Fairgrieve, as it was for Volney Elementary. There, students were tasked with filling out a blank pumpkin sheet which asked the student to describe the book character and include information such as the book title and author.
 
Captain Underpants, Shopkins, Harry Potter, Horton Hears a Who, Bob the Builder, Peppa Pig and several other characters and books were represented throughout the elementary schools.