Annual Scarecrow and Painted Pumpkin Event returns to NMS


Published: 09/28/2022 07:00

Newtown Middle School’s scarecrows and painted pumpkins will return to Queen Street this year.

NMS art teachers Leigh Anne Hildebrandt and Kris Ladue are overseeing the effort again this year and say that the seventh and eighth graders are already working on their entries.

“We are very excited to restart the annual Scarecrow and Painted Pumpkin competition. It’s the beacon that signals the start of the school year and the fresh fall air,” Hildebrandt shared in a recent email.

Each year, parishioners are invited to view the scarecrows and painted pumpkins on display at NMS, 11 Queen Street.

This year, the scarecrows and pumpkins will be on display on Saturday October 22nd and Sunday October 23rd from 9am to 5pm and will be voted on digitally by the public.

Attendees are encouraged to bring donations to the event for FAITH Food Pantry.

For this annual scarecrow project, students design larger-than-life scarecrows that can stand up to Mother Nature. For effort, eighth grade students can work in groups of three to four to create a scarecrow.

All group work is done at home and all scarecrows must not include any depiction of guts, blood or violence. Students who build a scarecrow will receive 16 hours of community service.

Seventh and eighth graders can also choose to custom paint a pumpkin in return for six hours of community service. The pumpkins must not be carved to discourage living beings from eating them.

Parents can help with both the scarecrow and the painted pumpkins, but students must drive the projects forward.

“We encourage you to spend no more than $30 on the project, be imaginative and get creative,” read a project description for both the scarecrows and the pumpkins.

For this year’s promotion, eighth grade art enrichment students are invited to work in groups to create the scarecrows, with parental permission. The Painted Pumpkin Patch, launched last year as a COVID-19 friendly alternative, will continue for single entry and is open to all students.

“We had a great turnout from seventh and eighth graders and can’t wait to see what they come up with,” said Hildebrandt.

Education Editor Eliza Hallabeck can be reached at [email protected]

First place went to the scarecrow “Forky” by eighth graders Amanda Faircloth, Riley Ragan, Avery McKendry and Annabelle Foley. – Bee photos, Taylor


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