“There is something very special for children to look out at their own school field and see it covered with pumpkins,“ said Hamilton Elementary School principal Mark McCallum.
With field trips being cancelled this year due to the pandemic, the school community decided to bring the pumpkin patch to the school. On Friday morning, over 300 pumpkins made the journey from Westham Pumpkin & Herb Farm in Delta to an empty field in East Richmond.
In the midst of a very challenging year, staff have searched for ways to bring a sense of joy and normalcy to their students. “Now more than ever, it is important to teach children to find silver linings during the global pandemic and to develop and maintain resiliency,” said Mr. McCallum.
As this is an outdoor event and the school grounds at Hamilton are very large, staff were able to plan the event with the utmost safety in mind. This event is all about being safe and having fun. The field will be divided into two sections based on the outdoor play groups, while all proper health and safety protocols such as physical distancing, use of face masks, and hand washing will be implemented.
“If we can't guarantee Hamilton students will have the same Halloween as they normally would, this year, we can bring some Halloween memories to Hamilton,” said Mr. McCallum.