"Usually we have the pumpkins as part of our fall party," Debbie Zimmerman, Title 1 Coordinator of Forest Park Elementary told The Brazil Times. "But this year with the money from the student council, we were able to get the pumpkins early and decided to make it a separate event this time."
Students were encouraged to bring items from home to allow their creativity to flow.
"Teachers were able to do writing activities and some math activities with the pumpkins," Zimmerman said. "Cooperative learning was also noticeable. It was tremendous success, both the students and teachers had a blast."
The students were allowed to pick which category they thought their pumpkin would fall in, including funniest, scariest, happiest, saddest, prettiest, most patriotic and most unusual.
Each category had a winner from every grade level and the judges then went through and picked an overall winner in each category. All of the students received a small prize.
Retired Forest Park teachers Jerry Penry, Sally Maurer, and Kathy Vanness judged the pumpkins.
"It was nice to have the retired teachers back," Zimmerman said. "Both the students and current teachers were excited to be a part of it."