Halloween is not all about candy, ghosts and goblins at Valley View Elementary.
One of the traditions the school enjoys is the Great Pumpkin Run. Each October, students gather in their multi-age groups or with their buddy classrooms to complete a run in quest of not only fitness and fun, but also the Great Pumpkin.
Pumpkins were donated by Shannon at Shamrock Farms again this year, enough so each class would have two winners to receive a pumpkin for their class to use for the final relay.
As classes completed the run (just over one kilometre through Valley View fields, neighbouring foot paths and into Mark Isfeld Secondary’s property), students assembled themselves in a line where they passed the pumpkins over heads, through legs, all the way down the lineup to mark completion.
No pumpkins were harmed during the relay!
After all classes had finished the run and the over/under relay, it was time for the most exciting part of our event, the draw for the Great Pumpkin. Each student had his or her name entered into the draw and over 400 pairs of eyes were focused on the pumpkin container.
The name was drawn and the citizens of VVE cheered on the winner. Though only one young girl claimed the Great Pumpkin prize, every student and staff member was a winner after a sunny day filled with fun, fitness and a great excuse to get outside for an adventure.
— Valley View Elementary School