SAU No. 5
Superintendent James Morse
36 Coe Drive
Durham, NH 03824
For Immediate Release
Monday, Oct. 29, 2018
Media Contact: John Guilfoil
Email: [email protected]
Moharimet Elementary School Students Participate in Annual Pumpkin Stroll
MADBURY — For another year in a row, Moharimet Elementary School students celebrated the arrival of autumn with their annual pumpkin stroll for community members.
On Oct. 18, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. hundreds of students and their families and friends walked the trails surrounding Moharimet, which were lined with approximately 300 jack-o’-lanterns that children carved for the event.
“It was a lovely night for a stroll and the pumpkins looked fantastic illuminated along the trail,” Principal David Goldsmith said. “Students did a great job creating their own design on their pumpkins, and we were pleased to see so many familiar faces join us for this fun annual event.”
While strolling, participants could visit a bake sale table to purchase treats for the walk (all money is reinvested back into the stroll to keep it free every year), and join in singing a number of school songs, led by music teacher Beth Struthers and fourth grade teacher Tony Lee.
Cub Scout Pack 154, with assistance from the Madbury Fire Department, maintained a fire ring around the trails to keep guests warm, and a professional story teller Sean Middleton shared autumn and Halloween themed tales for those who wanted to stop and listen. University of New Hampshire volunteers were also on site to sell popcorn and cider.
To prepare for the stroll, students first planted pumpkin seeds in the spring on a nearby patch of landed generously loaned to the school from the Town of Madbury, harvested the pumpkins — 95 total, with the remainder needed for the event purchased at a farm in Maine — and then carved the pumpkins during a school-wide carving session.
The work also tied into Moharimet’s enrichment theme, Year of the Farmer, as it gave students the opportunity to see the growing process come full circle.