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B-L Elementary announces winners in its Great Book Character Pumpkin and Carve out Cancer Contests

Batesburg-Leesville, SC - During the month of October, students at B-L Elementary participated in the Annual Great Book Character Pumpkin contest. Pumpkins were decorated to look like their favorite book character. All pumpkins were due by Friday, Oct. 14th. Pumpkins were displayed in the glass award cases in the main hallway for all students, faculty, and guests to enjoy.

During the school’s annual Family Reading Night, each pumpkin was given a contest number. All Family Reading Night attendees were able to cast their votes for their favorite pumpkin. Nate Cook, 3rd grader in Mrs. Arant's room, won with the most paper votes. His pumpkin was “Bad Kitty” from the Bad Kitty book series. Also during the night, BLES and its PTO hosted a "Carve out Cancer" fundraiser to raise money for two BLES faculty members currently dealing with cancer. Family Reading Night attendees placed money in numbered bags for their favorite pumpkin. Emma Rodgers, fifth grader in Ms. Quarles and Mrs. Price's class, raised the most money. Her pumpkin was “Nory” from the Upside Down Magic book series. The "Carve out Cancer" fundraiser raised a total of $170.62. The money raised will be divided between third grade teachers, Mrs. Shila Tharp and Mrs. Marci Arant.

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Pumpkin contest winners at B-L Elementary, Nate Cook and Emma Rodgers are pictured with third grade teachers Marcie Arant and Shila Tharp

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