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Eastmoreland's Holy Family School jumped into Hallowe'en with a celebration -- including a big 'Pumpkin Patch'

DAVID F. ASHTON - Eighth grade Holy Family Catholic School student James Faherty shows his own pick of the pumpkins in the schools pumpkin patch. Even though the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic continues, students attending Eastmoreland's Holy Family Catholic School were treated to a Hallowe'en celebration to remember.

Thanks do donors, sponsors, and the effort of older students and staff, all of their students enjoyed a trip to a "Pumpkin Patch" first, followed by a Hallowe'en carnival, safely held on the school's campus.

On October 26, one class cohort at a time, filed out of the school and went across the street, and over to the lawn behind Holy Family Catholic Church. The young ones' eyes opened wide to see it covered with real fresh pumpkins.

"We had only two rules: (1) No running; and (2) Pick a pumpkin that's small enough to carry back to your classroom," commented the school's Principal, Joe Galati.

Students and staff chose from about 250 pumpkins, distributed on the parish lawn by a dozen parents who had arrived early to offload the pumpkins from the delivery truck.

"We had an anonymous donor, who said they wanted to bring our school 'some sort of normalcy', and thus enabled this gracious act," Galati told THE BEE that morning.

"For us, this is a really exciting experience; the first time in a while we've been able to do something like this," said eighth-grader Grayson Garrett, as he selected a pumpkin. "We're grateful to the families who organized this."

Garrett remarked the he, and other classmates, had also been busy preparing for an upcoming Hallowe'en carnival, to be held on October 29, and he invited THE BEE to come by. "We think that especially the little kids are really going to enjoy it."

Then, as previously mentioned, four days later on October 29 the back yard of the school's campus was set up with canopies under which were carnival games.

"The idea for this was put forward by our Parent Teacher Organization – which said that we need to create this fun event for the kids where they can safely enjoy some Hallowe'en fun," Principal Galati said. "Our eight-graders are running the games, and providing candy and prizes; and, each of the classes, by cohort, are coming down and getting in some fun with trick-or-treating."

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