Posted by: amynosal | November 1, 2012

Pumpkin Pageantry at Conserve School

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Pumpkin carving has roots in a time generations ago across the Atlantic Ocean when people would carve turnip lanterns during the harvest season.  The transition from fall to winter was believed to be the time when spirits were most active, and the vegetable lights provided comfort and protection.  European colonists in the New World found pumpkins to be much easier to carve, and thus the American Halloween tradition was born.

As part of Conserve School’s celebration of the season, CS5 students participated in a little pumpkin carving of their own.  For two days students utilized their artistic and fine motor skill capabilities to transform mere squash into works of art.  The finest pumpkins then competed for title of most creative, funniest, and scariest.  Conserve School staff volunteered to take on the daunting task of judging the entries.  Awards were given to the winners and runners-up.  And the winners are:

Most creative:

1st place to Carolyn for her “Spider eating another spider” piece.

Runner-up to Russel for the intricate design of his swirly pumpkin.


1st Place to Kate for her cannibal pumpkin.

Runner-up to Molly for her clever twist on pumpkin pie.


1st place to Teahelahn for her hungry pumpkin munching on a human limb.

Runner-up to Kevin for his poor, sick, vomiting pumpkin.

Halloween in a celebration of the dark side of life.  Conserve School will continue to enjoy these fine seasonal works of art until they meet their mortal demise at either the hands of mold or deer.

Happy Halloween!

Graduate Fellow Amy Nosal


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