An excited group of fifth grade students from Springmyer Elementary loaded 218 pumpkins into St. Joseph Orphanage’s vehicles on a drizzly October Friday afternoon.
For the second year in a row the school collected pumpkins as part of a community outreach project for the students of St. Joseph’s Orphanage. They exceeded their collection goal and doubled the amount of pumpkins collected from 2011.
Tracy Blankemeyer, Milieu Coordinator said the extra pumpkins have made it possible to extend Springmyer’s kindness and Halloween spirit to their Community Therapy program as well. “How neat is it that 218 Springmyer pumpkins equal 218 smiling SJO children and families? What a far-reaching impact these students have had!”
While loading up the van, Alaina Broughton shared, “It’s a good project donating the pumpkins. Some people getting the pumpkins might not have anything else to be happy about.”
“It’s awesome,” said Ally Mantuano when asked how she felt about this project and all the pumpkins that were collected.
Special thanks to Art Staehling, community volunteer, who helped facilitate Oak Hills’ involvement with the pumpkin donations again for St. Joe’s Altercrest.