Pumpkins on parade at Parkview

By Emily Crowe

CNJ STAFF WRITER

ecrowe@cnjonline.com

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Jody Balch, deputy superintendent of operations of Clovis Municipal Schools, judges pumpkins Thursday during Parkview Elementary School’s Pumpkin Parade. Pumpkins were submitted by students and by classes for the annual event.

Pumpkins lined the main hall of Parkview Elementary School on Thursday as Clovis Municipal Schools personnel stopped in to take a peek.

Each pumpkin was decorated as a literary character as part of the school’s second annual Pumpkin Parade event, according to Parkview Principal Mandy Carpenter.

Broken up into categories based on grade level, the pumpkins were judged by CMS officials. A winner was chosen out of each category, as well as a grand champion.

“Since it was a family literacy book activity, they had to pick a book with their family,” said Carpenter.

First-grader Tyson Banister said his Mickey Mouse pumpkin took 12 days to make, and his mom helped him paint it and put it together.

Pumpkins ran the gamut from penguins to pigs and superheroes to Disney characters.

“They helped me with the hot glue,” said second-grader Aaliyah Woodard of her parents. Her oblong pumpkin was covered with tissue paper and dressed as Snoozles from the book “Shushybye: Close Your Eyes.”

“I think some of the parents get really competitive,” said Carpenter. “They did a great job.”11-1-Pumpkin-Parade-3