“Yuck” “Eeeeww” “Gross” was heard a lot on October 23 when 84 boys and girls started digging out the insides of their 50 large pumpkins! Three Boys and Girls clubs in the Jane and Finch neighbourhood; Driftwood Court, Gosford and Driftwood Public came to one location for their after-school programs, bringing all their children together for an afternoon of pumpkin carving followed by a candlelit Pumpkin Parade in their neighbourhood park, Shoreham Walkway.
The afternoon started off with an eco quiz, the first question “Is a pumpkin a fruit or a vegetable?” even stumped some of the adults! Pumpkins are a fruit if you’re wondering. The kids then worked in pairs to carve their pumpkins. Once they rolled up their sleeves and got over the “yuck” factor, they were happy to see their jack-o-lantern creations come to life.
As the sun went down, the kids had some pizza, put tea lights in their pumpkins and proudly walked them into Shoreham Walkway, the park that sits right next to the Boys and Girls club. The pumpkins were placed in a circle in the park and all the kids walked around the circle to admire each other’s pumpkins. The circle of jack-o-lanterns in the park was a beautiful site. Alex Tetteh, one of the program coordinators of the Jane & Finch Boys and Girls club then got all 84 of the kids to jump into the middle of the circle and do some healthy cheering for their respective clubs, they all thought their clubs’ pumpkins were the best!
The only problem at the end of the night was which of the two children who carved the pumpkin together was going to take it home. They figured it out.
Thanks to all partners who made this fun Pumpkin Parade possible;
Alex, Cheyenne and their teams from the Jane & Finch Boys and Girls club for working so hard to bring all these kids together and for working to have more outdoor programming for children, Victoria, the former manager at the Jane & Finch ANC who has been instrumental in organizing great programming in Shoreham walkway, Clara, the Manager of Green Change Agents who has brought amazing environmental programming to this community and to the park.
We look forward to the Second Annual Shoreham Walkway Pumpkin Parade with the great kids of the boys and girls club.
Photos by: Clara Stewart-Robertson of Green Change Agents