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NewsTribune photos/Jeff Dankert Decorated pumpkins line the hallway this week at Northview School, Peru. Washington and Peru Catholic schools also decorated pumpkins, all donated by Country Kids Produce in Peru and distributed for display around town by Heidi Addis, Peru administrative assistant to the mayor.
Lillian Goebel, a kindergarten student at Northview School, Peru decorates a pumpkin this week in class. Her pumpkin is one of about 300 that will be displayed this month at businesses and institutions in Peru.
About 300 pumpkins decorated by grade school kids are populating the city of Peru.
The pumpkin invasion was the brainchild of Heidi Addis, administrative assistant to the mayor.
Addis contacted Steve and Laurie Michelini, who operate Country Kids Produce in Peru. They agreed to donate pumpkins. Steve Michelini last month delivered them to Peru grade schools — Washington, Northview and Peru Catholic. The kids decorated them, and this week Addis began picking them up from schools and distributing them for display at businesses and institutions throughout the city.
“It turned out really nice,” Addis said. “And the kids really enjoy them.”
Peru Catholic’s pumpkins are already out there. On Friday Addis picked up about 100 pumpkins from Washington School and started delivering them, with her first stop at Peru Public Library. Her list of businesses and institutions is at about 50.
At the end of the month kids will be able to pick up their pumpkins and take them home, Addis said.
Addis hopes to create more interactive projects connecting children with the community, she said. This Christmas season she would like to display children’s holiday drawings around town. Next spring she wants to start a contest for children to design a city logo. Twelve winners would be chosen and each logo would be displayed for a month on the city’s website, Addis said.
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