Saturday, January 20, 2018

For special kids, a very special pumpkin patch, courtesy of the SPHS Key Club

From start to finish, Pumpkin Palooza was their idea, the brainchild of St. Petersburg High Key Club board members. It was the first such event to be entirely under the board's wing.

They hauled pumpkins to Crescent Lake Park in St. Petersburg and set up carving and craft stations, all for the benefit of the children of Sallie House, a shelter for abused, neglected or abandoned children operated by the Salvation Army.

"Holding our own event is definitely different than just volunteering for something already made," said senior Nick Nguyen, Key Club vice president of service, "because we see all of our efforts really unfold into a rewarding experience, helping out those in the community."

When the park looked like a sea of orange, Key Club members were ready for their 22 guests, children ranging in age from 4 to 17. The littlest eyes lit up as they approached their very own pumpkin patch.

"The event was an overall success," Nguyen said. "The kids had a lot of fun, and we had a lot of fun."

Top left: Senior Nick Nguyen, vice president of service for the St. Petersburg High Key Club, traces a design on a pumpkin at the club's Pumpkin Palooza at Crescent Lake Park. Top right: Key Club member and junior Mindy Luu shows off a jack-o'-lantern-to-be.

     
 
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