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Students turn pumpkins into favorite storybook characters

Dozens of students at one local elementary school rose to the challenge of turning plain...
Dozens of students at one local elementary school rose to the challenge of turning plain pumpkins into their favorite storybook characters. (Courtesy photo)(KWTX)
Published: Oct. 29, 2019 at 5:04 PM CDT
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Dozens of students at South Bosque Elementary School rose to the challenge of turning plain pumpkins into their favorite storybook characters in a contest that left the school’s library overflowing with adorable creativity.

The contest has been a tradition at the school for more than a decade.

“It’s such a family project that gets the kids and families tied to literature, but then also doing something fun that goes along with the season,” librarian Wendy Sustala said.

The students from kindergarten through fourth grade were challenged to decorate pumpkins using the theme of “my favorite book character.”

The characters the students chose could not from TV or cartoons, but instead had to be from books the children had either read or had read to them.

The pumpkins were painted, not carved and were decorated with everything from string and paper to felt and cardboard.

The project was optional, but it be hard to tell by the number of pumpkins that poured into the library on the due date.

“This year we had 99 entries out of 700 kids; that is a lot of pumpkins here in the library,” Sustala said.

The adorable pumpkins included everything from the Cat in the Hat, to Fancy Nancy, June. B. Jones, Clifford and Charlie Brown.

“I am so impressed with the pumpkins that came in,” Sustala said.

“It’s a great time for kids to bring in something that they did at home with their families.”

The first place winner for kindergarten was Lila Martin for The Pigeon.

The first grade winner was Ivy Rogers for Gabe in “I Need My Monster.”

The second grade winner was Ava Farris for Amelia Earhart.

Third grader Caroline Phillpot won first place for Snoopy and fourth grader Lila Cooney won first place for Wilbur and Charlotte.