Contest raises money for scholarship fund

October 15, 2015

Westwood Terrace Elementary School students have a unique way to celebrate Halloween, reading, and raise money for the Jack C. Jordan Scholarship program.

Every October, classes decorate a pumpkin to represent a children’s book and the creations are put on display in the cafeteria. Each morning at breakfast for one week, students vote for their favorite pumpkin with a twenty-five cent donation. The pumpkin with the most votes is the winner and that class earns a popsicle party.

This year, the third year of the contest, $248.25 was raised for the Jack C. Jordan Scholarship program.

The creations included characters from popular books like “Where the Wild Things Are,” “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” and “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!”

Sara Peterson’s fourth grade class chose the book “A Bad Case of Stripes” and their pumpkin recreated the cover of the book even including a wig and pink hair bow.

“This contest is a way to celebrate the playfulness of Halloween, promote a love of reading, and teach our students about serving other students in the Northside community,” said Librarian Gabriel Pereda.

The Northside Council of PTAs awards Jack C. Jordan Scholarships each year to outstanding graduating seniors from each high school. Local PTAs raise money in support of the program through school events like penny drives. The scholarship is named for former NISD superintendent Jack Jordan.

Pictured from left to right are fourth graders Derek McColley, John Hoyt, Miriam Garza, Fernando Luna, Johanna Melendez, and Hailey Espinoza.