Getting the inside scoop on pumpkins

News Photo by Julie Goldberg Lincoln Elementary teacher Jon Bradley teaches his class the different parts of a pumpkin on Halloween. The students learned the history of Halloween and how it originated.

ALPENA — In honor of Halloween, one class at Lincoln Elementary School learned the different parts of a pumpkin. Teacher Jon Bradley dissected a pumpkin and taught his students the history of Halloween.

“I like to teach the students something new on Halloween,” Bradley said. “These kids don’t know why we celebrate Halloween or what is associated with it.”

Bradley said the pumpkin dissection gives students the opportunity to appreciate Halloween when they go home after school.

“They can tell their parents ‘a pumpkin will have more seeds if it’s darker,'” he said. “I do the same thing for other holidays so the students can learn about the holidays and that way, they appreciate it more. I get a lot of generous donations and help with this.”

The students in Bradley’s class appreciate the pumpkin dissection and everything that Bradley taught them about a pumpkin that they didn’t know about before.

“I liked learning the different parts of the pumpkin,” fourth-grader Sadie Vanvolkenburg said.

Fourth-grader Brooke Kubbe said Halloween is a special holiday and the pumpkin dissection reminds her of candy and helps her get ready to go to go trick-or-treating.

The students worked together to count the seeds in the two pumpkins that Bradley brought. One pumpkin had 239 seeds while the other pumpkin had 475 seeds.

Fourth-grader Dylan Kinney said his favorite part was counting the seeds because he loves to count.

“I get support from the district and school to continue doing this every year,” Bradley said. “I’ve never had a sad kid when I do the dissection.”

This is the third year Bradley has done the pumpkin dissection every year and he said it’s a lot of fun for him and his students.

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