First Graders Learn about a "Great Pumpkin!"

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Students recently had the chance to guess the weight of a giant pumpkin that was grown in the garden at Springs School. This is the third year of "The Great Pumpkin Contest," which was spearheaded by Springs Seedlings/Project Most greenhouse advisor Hailey London. The class that was closest won the pumpkin to display in their classroom! This year, there are two winning classes: Mrs. Dragone's first grade and Ms. Dellapolla's third grade class!

The pumpkin's weight was 18 pounds. Mrs. Dragone's class guessed 17.5 pounds, and Mrs. Dellapolla's class guessed 18.5 pounds. Hailey visited Mrs. Dragone's class to teach them more about pumpkins, including the history of the jack-o-lantern, eating pumpkin bread, and creating a design or painting the pumpkin. "The pumpkin started from one of several pumpkin seeds we planted last year during Project Most," said Hailey. "Guessing the weight was a way to use some math and scientific reasoning skills, as well." Ms. Dellapolla's class will be receiving a pumpkin lesson next week.

Although a white pumpkin was growing in the garden along with the orange one, the white one rotted and only the orange one could be measured. Hailey reports that there is another white pumpkin currently growing. "This pumpkin is called a Long Island "cheese pumpkin," which is native to the area but has been virtually wiped out," she said. "There was a push to bring back this species through school gardens and the Slow Food movement."