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Redwood Elementary Literacy Night Features Pumpkin Carving Contest

WEST ORANGE, NJ – The always-popular Redwood Scholastic Book Fair featured some special events the week of Oct. 24, including Literacy Night and a pumpkin carving contest.

Literacy Night was held on Oct. 27 and was sponsored by the PTA. Parents Donna Mott and Robin Rockman read “Room on the Broom” to students in grades K-2 and “The Runaway Mummy” to students in grades 3-5.


In addition to cider, donuts and Jack O’ Lanterns, the highlight of the evening was the pumpkin carving contest judged by Principal Bruce Arcurio. All grade levels were invited to participate in categories that included Funniest, Spookiest, Most Creative and the People's Choice.


“Mr. Arcurio had a tough job of picking the winners,” noted Donna Mott.


Third grader Aidan Shandler won funniest with "The Candy Corner"
Fourth grader Ainara Bouzas won spookiest for his "Hungry Monster" pumpkin
Fourth grader Sachi Goel won most creative for the "Tasty Treat" 

Students and parents voted and the People's Choice went to Kindergarten/Fourth grade brother team of of Alvaro and Hayden Silva for their pumpkin "The Transformation."

The winners won a gift certificate to the book fair, school spirit baseball hats, and Halloween treats.

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 Principal Bruce Arcurio with contest winners. Below, amazing pumpkins.
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Redwood Pumpkins  
Redwood Pumpkins  
Cynthia Cumming