2017-10-26 / Inside Education

Pumpkin patch palooza

Pure Training Studio holds Halloween themed event for students
By MATT JOHNSON
Sports/Education Editor


Holly Stewart of Pure Training Studio is shown having a fun moment with third graders at Woodland Elementary. 
Photos by Matt Johnson Holly Stewart of Pure Training Studio is shown having a fun moment with third graders at Woodland Elementary. Photos by Matt Johnson What symbolizes the fall season more than a pumpkin?

Pumpkins were scattered all over the campus at Woodland Elementary last Thursday. First through fourth graders had a fall festival thanks to Pure Training Studio.

Holly Stewart of Pure Training Studio, along with staff members Lizz Darcy and Kelsey Wass, came to the school to hold a pumpkin patch event for the students.

Stewart said the idea was brought to life when the Jerseydale Ranch Pumpkin Patch announced it would not be able to hold its usual events due to a virus with the pumpkins.

Stewart has two children at Woodland Elementary and thought it would be a worthwhile idea to bring a pumpkin patch event to the school.

“I originally wanted to do something for my kids’ classrooms, but the teachers liked the idea so much that it expanded into four grade levels,” Stewart said.


Hyrum Kimble tries to toss a ring onto a witch’s hat in one of the activities provided for students by Pure Training Studio. Hyrum Kimble tries to toss a ring onto a witch’s hat in one of the activities provided for students by Pure Training Studio. Interactive stations were set up for students to learn about nutritional foods in the fall season, as well as fitness stations in which the students did games such as bean bag toss, ring toss and other fitness activities.

Each station had a pumpkin theme.

Stewart’s station was a fitness course in which students did things such as weaving through cones, hopping and leaping and shooting basketballs.

“I love to teach kids about fitness and nutrition because sometime there aren’t enough curriculum hours in the day to cover that kind of stuff, and I think it’s really important for all around happiness,” Stewart said. “They’re learning all about their body, their brain and body connection. It’s all sports and agility. They’re learning more than they know they’re learning. They’re just having fun.”

Pure Training Studio provided the pumpkins, purchasing them from the valley. Each student received a pumpkin at the end of the activity.

This week, Mariposa Elementary students will be taking a field trip to Pure Training Studio to enjoy similar activities.

“We wanted to bring this to Woodland to avoid the transportation costs for them,” Stewart said. “So we brought our staff to help us.”

Stewart said it might become an annual tradition.

“If I have the time and resources to make it happen, I love being able to share this with the community,” Stewart said. “We have a small community, but that doesn’t mean we have to be lacking in activities and learning and high level things for our kids and adults.”

Matt Johnson is Sports and Education Editor of the Mariposa Gazette and can be reached at matt@mariposagazette.com.

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