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Pumpkin patch comes to Westport school

William Hance, Casey Valentin, Henry Gibson pose with their pumpkins after the pumpkin picking at Westport Central School on Oct. 26.

William Hance, Casey Valentin, Henry Gibson pose with their pumpkins after the pumpkin picking at Westport Central School on Oct. 26. Photo by Katherine Clark.

— The teachers at Westport Central School brought to pumpkin patch to the shool for the fourth year in a row.

Kindergarten through second grade students were brought out to the school’s athletic field on Oct. 26 and found pumpkins arranged by members of the high school student council.

After a brief countdown the students took off to choose their ideal pumpkin.

“I like this one because it has a longer stem and is smooth,” First grader Kendall Decker said.

Faculty members have been arranging this stay-outing for the past four years.

“We used to bring the kids to the pumpkin patch to pick their pumpkins but with budget cuts it’s harder to take field trips,” Teacher Julie Bisselle said.

Principal Michelle Friedman said the pumpkin patch is put together and paid for by the teachers. The pumpkins are also sold to the teachers at a discounted price from Rulfs Orchard in Peru.

“It’s the coolest thing, for four years the teachers bring the pumpkin patch to the kids, this is a fun alternative,” Friedman said.

Lynn Bobbins said during the week the students learned various lessons about pumpkins and centered some lessons on harvest season.

“We had a lot of fun and the kids are excited so it’s definitely worth it,” Bobbins said.

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