St. Mark’s pumpkin sales support student ministries


Riverside Elementary School student Cadence Willis, 5, tosses a ball into a canister on Wednesday at St. Mark United Methodist Church’s pumpkin patch. The church, which provided pumpkins to the community throughout October, has closed the patch for the season.

MATTHEW BROWN / News Bulletin
Published: Friday, November 1, 2013 at 03:34 PM.

CRESTVIEW — St. Mark United Methodist Church has additional funding for student ministries following its annual pumpkin patch benefit, volunteers said.

Area students visited the patch throughout October. Like in previous years, the church ordered pumpkins from a Native American reservation in New Mexico. 

Volunteers haven't tallied their collections, but said they initially received donations for 15,000 pumpkins.

In addition to selling pumpkins, the church facilitated games, story time and crafts.

"We have had all of the kindergarteners in this area (visit us)," volunteer Amy Valle said. "The teachers love it because we only (charged) $5 for their students."

Several parents, including Quanisha Patrick, the Riverside Elementary School PTO’s community involvement coordinator, chaperoned.

Patrick, who visited the patch with her 5-year-old daughter, Rielle, said the trip marked a first for her.

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