It’s a Great Pumpkin Patch at Jordan Creek
Jordan Creek Elementary has taken pumpkin decorating and the love of reading to a new level with more than 120 pumpkins lining the bookshelves in the school’s media center.
These aren’t your ordinary decorated pumpkins. Kristy Skoglund, the school’s teacher librarian, asked students and families to decorate a pumpkin as their favorite book character and bring them to the media center to display. The first step in the project, though, was to read the book together.
“It’s all about trying to get kids and families together as a community of readers,” said Skoglund.
She had seen the idea several places online, but decided this year she would take the plunge and see what the response would be. She created her own pumpkin to show students and get their creative juices flowing. She never imagined what the end result would be.
“We have the most creative parents and kids,” Skoglund said. “We have had hot glue guns, felt…one dad said he even brought out the power tools. There is an amazing amount of talent around here.”
Not only was the project a fun one, but it has created some nice side effects. Parents and grandparents are coming to the media center before and after school with their kids to see all the different characters and Skoglund can barely keep the books that go with the pumpkins on the shelves. Even classics like Elmer the Elephant have become popular again.
“It’s all about trying to celebrate reading,” said Skoglund. “It’s odd because Elmer hasn’t circulated for a long time. He is a really old book and can sit on the shelf for a long time and then all of a sudden he’s a big hit again.”
Not only are the pumpkins a hit with the families at Jordan Creek, they’ve become a hit with the authors of the books as well. Skoglund took to Twitter and Tweeted pictures of the students with the pumpkins to a few of the authors and received some excited responses.
One was from Laura Numeroff, author of the series If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, If you Give a Pig a Pancake. Skoglund Tweeted “This little guy was so proud of his mouse pumpkin that he based on your Mouse!!”
To which Numeroff replied, “He is absolutely adorable! Please tell him I said HAPPY HALLOWEEN, and I’m thrilled that he chose MOUSE for his pumpkin!”
You can find more photos of the students with their pumpkin characters on the Jordan Creek Facebook page.