What Happens When Students Combine a Pumpkin with a Good Book? Richmond Street School Sparks Creativity with Literacy O’Lantern Contest

At Richmond Street School’s October 30 staff meeting, teachers voted on their top three choices. Top votes resulted in two kindergarten students selected as winners. Congratulations to Zoe Haberman for her design from “The Day the Crayons Came Home” and Kaitlyn Strom who designed a character from “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus.” The winners proudly served as “marshals” for the school’s annual Halloween parade.   


When asked about the experience, Zoe shared, “I looked in a book and I decided I wanted that book, so my mom bought the crayons. I drew the faces and my mom hot glued them on. My favorite crayon was the glow in the dark crayon.”  Kaitlyn shared, “I really like that book. It’s silly. I really like that particular character. It’s very funny and I thought it would be a good hit!” She explained that her dad painted the blue parts and she painted all the white and black parts and made the collar out of a cup. The parents of the winners both shared that their girls were thrilled to be selected and lead the parade.  


The staff member who received the most votes was second grade teacher Mrs. Gilbert with her “BFG” creation. She is reading this Roald Dahl story with her class, so it was a natural connection.


Richmond Street Reading Specialist and event coordinator Mrs. Haun was very happy with the results of the contest. “I’m grateful for the many participants that took part in such a wonderful, worthwhile experience together with their families. I loved the time spent with my own girls who had a blast constructing ‘Tacky the Penguin.’ They were so excited about what we accomplished together. The contest definitely inspired others and motivated the Richmond Street School community to talk about books! Thank you to Principal Alice Lee for introducing the idea to our school. I can’t wait to see what next year brings!”

For more pictures, please visit Photo Album link on Richmond Street School’s website located under the “About Us” tab.


About the El Segundo Unified School District

The El Segundo Unified School District (ESUSD) was established in 1912 to serve all of the residents living in the City of El Segundo and covers the western part of the city. ESUSD consists of six schools including the Eagle’s Nest Preschool, Richmond Street and Center Street Elementary Schools, El Segundo Middle School, El Segundo High School and the Arena/Virtual High School, as well as partnerships with the South Bay Adult School and California Regional Occupational Center (SoCal ROC).