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Vernon Creates Book Characters from Pumpkins


The Storybook Pumpkin Patch is back at James H. Vernon School, thanks to the creativity of students. For the third consecutive year, students had the opportunity to transform a pumpkin into the bust of their favorite book character, fictional or historical, during a fall library project.


Under the guidance of library teacher Ms. Virginia Kemp and teaching assistant Elizabeth McGee, students were asked to decorate their pumpkins using materials such as yarn, paint, fabric, googly eyes, pipe cleaners and feathers.  About 35 students in grades 3-6 participated. The pumpkins and their accompanying books will be on display in the school’s display case, creating a “Storybook Pumpkin Patch” until the end of November.


There, you can see the Rainbow Fish from The Rainbow Fish, Harry Potter from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, and the old lady from There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves! There’s Piggy from Happy Pig Day, a penguin from Mr. Popper’s Penguins and a robot from The Wild Robot Escapes, among many more.


“This project is a fantastic way to engage our students as they celebrate literature and the fall season,” said Principal Dr. Valarie Vacchio. “This is our third year doing this project, which was introduced by library teacher Ms. Erin Dubon, and it is always a surprise to see what the students create.”


Students will be voting on their favorite pumpkin for each grade level. Winners will receive a Barnes and Noble gift card and all participants will receive a participation award.


“We were so impressed with our students’ creativity and their enthusiasm to participate in this project,” said Ms. Kemp. “Everyone did an amazing job of making our ‘Storybook Pumpkin Patch’ a great success!”