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Coronavirus Watch: Local school creates pumpkin patch for students

Even after Sacred Heart Catholic School found out that they would have to cancel field trips for the second year in a row, parent volunteers and staff decided to create a pumpkin patch to bring a sense of normalcy to their student's lives.

Posted: Oct 15, 2021 4:39 PM
Updated: Oct 15, 2021 5:04 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. -- In a year full of uncertainty with the coronavirus pandemic, Sacred Heart Catholic School decided that they wanted bring a sense of normalcy back to their students' lives.

On Friday, the school created it own pumpkin patch — this way their kids would still get an opportunity to gather a fresh pumpkin with their parents and friends. It's all thanks to the hard work from parent volunteers and staff, along with 65 pumpkins donated by Kaufman Farms.

"We didn't want our kids to miss another pumpkin patch," said Yasmin Reed, the marketing coordinator for Sacred Heart. 

For the last two years, Sacred Heart has had to cancel field trips for its students, including the yearly trip to the local pumpkin patch. And with only one bus driver, according to Reed, it hasn't made their situation any easier..

But this year, the school told NewsWatch 12 that they wanted things to be different.

"We wanted the students to have a fun-filled day without having to actually take them off campus," said Reed.

During the event, kids from  preschool all the way up to the second grade were able to grab a brand new pumpkin. On top of that, the event was also filled with tons of games and face painting, all of which were offering candy as prizes — something that the kids definitely enjoyed.

"I am so pleased that the kids are having so much fun and are running around," said local parent Martha Burke. "The joy has really just come back to them. We haven't been able to do things like this in a couple of years so this is just really wonderful."

Every parent that NewsWatch 12 spoke at the event said that they were just so grateful to be able to see their kids be kids again.

"It just means so much to me to be able to see her just run around and be a kid," said Burke. "It's really touching."

All thanks to something as simple as a pumpkin. 

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