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Point of light douses pumpkin pilferer

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Hudson Gardens hears gourd-napping tale, gives kids another jack-o’-lantern for raffle

By Ramsey Scott

Students at Montessori School at Ken Caryl have learned the hard way that sometimes Halloween can be more about tricks than treats. 

A 40-pound pumpkin that the students in pre-kindergarten and kindergarten had grown in hopes of raffling off to raise money for classroom activities was vandalized in mid-September.

But even though their pumpkin apparently was pounded and then purloined, the kids' fund-raiser was saved by an act of charity. Lisa Oddo, the school’s director, said someone at Hudson Gardens heard about the pounded pumpkin and decided to help. 

“They donated a pumpkin to the kids for the fund-raiser. It’s about 50 pounds,” Oddo said. “It’s about the size of a tire.”

She said the children did not understand why someone would vandalize their pumpkin.

“The kids were kind of frustrated and not understanding why their pumpkin was no longer there,” Oddo said. “We came in that day and saw that the pumpkin was missing, There was evidence of it being smashed. There were pieces of it around. We also had one of our chairs outside broken.” 

The school is taking bids on the pumpkin until the end of Friday, Oct. 18. If you’re interested in making a bid, call the school at 720-981-7465. 

Contact Ramsey Scott at ramsey@evergreenco.com or 303-933-2233, ext. 22, and follow him on Twitter @RamseyColumbine.