By Ely Schosek
In the spirit of the season, members of SGI High School Key Club recently decorated pumpkins for the Springville Children’s League.
Key Club is an international organization dedicated to community service which can come in many different shapes and forms whether it be directly or indirectly.
“It’s good for us because it gives us a chance to help serve others, others who are in need,” said Key Club Vice President Mary Snyder of the club’s mission. “Sometimes it’s important to think about other people and help them in their times of need — that’s the purpose of Key Club. It gives students in our school an opportunity to give back to their community and take part in an organization whose focus is on service to others.”
Last Wednesday, Oct. 23, after school, all available members gathered to decorate pumpkins, which were then taken to the Children’s League the next day.
Each student was asked to bring in a pumpkin to decorate. Some students also brought in paints and glitter along with what was provided by Key Club’s advisor, Scott Roudebush. Designs ranged from faces and fall pictures to movie characters and much more.
Melanie Barry and Sara Ehlers teamed up to create Mike Wazowski and Sully from the movie “Monsters Inc.” Melanie noted that it was “really fun to decorate pumpkins with my friends and the fact that it was for a good cause made it even better.”
Sara said she thought it was “a cool idea that was easy to do and something the kids would enjoy.”
Julie Bartoszek called it an “easy and fun way to give back to the community,” along with the joy of being able to put a smile on the kid’s faces.
“It was a great opportunity to give back to the community in a way that was fun for everyone involved,” said Olivia Giammarco, who went with a traditional face for her pumpkin. “I am truly hoping that seeing these pumpkins every day will bring more joy to the lives of these kids.”
Annemarie Harrigan painted her pumpkin blue and detailed the face of Cookie Monster as a sort of throwback to her childhood.
“I like that the schools within our district can work together and do things for each other… I bet the pumpkins made a lot of kids happy,” Annemarie said. She hopes to be given the opportunity again next year.
Keaton Wnuk chose the theme for his pumpkin to be the movie “Finding Nemo.” He painted fish and plants related to the movie.
“I thought it was a pretty cool and fun way to make kids happy,” he said.
Lizzy Arrington also chose a Disney/Pixar animated movie as the theme for her pumpkin — “Up.”
“With the balloons and house,” she added. Lizzy thought the whole thing was a great idea as it was “fun for us to do and the kids loved it.”
Key Club Secretary Abby Steiner mentioned the following said decorating the pumpkins “allows us to give back to our community in a unique way and brings joy to the kids at the Children’s League when they see all of the painted pumpkins.”
“Springville Key Club has been decorating pumpkins for the Children’s League for many years (probably somewhere between 15 and 20 years),” Scott Roudebush said. “The Children’s League is a special-needs school for young children. The students and staff there enjoy having the decorated pumpkins around the school before Halloween.”
I think I speak for all the members of Key Club that were present to decorate pumpkins in saying that it was a great experience in numerous ways!
We got to spend some time with our friends outside of a classroom environment while doing something for the kids at the Children’s League.