SUMMIT, NJ - With Halloween only a few days away, the children at Washington Elementary School in Summit were in the trick or treat spirit Thursday afternoon, Oct. 25, when the fifth grade committee held their annual Pumpkin Painting fundraiser.

The entire student body, along with parents and teachers, attended the event.  In addition to the pumpkin painting, children enjoyed hay rides, face painting, free popcorn and a variety of homemade Halloween pastries. The kids were running around feasting on sugary treats and painting themselves and the pumpkins. All of the money raised from the event is used to fund trips for the fifth grade students at the end of the year. 

It‘s really a wonderful event, said co-chair Ellen Lehrich, who is coordinating all of the fifth grade happenings during the school year. She and Sharyn Colon planned the fundraiser and over the past few months worked diligently finding volunteers and getting every detail right so the kids would have a blast, she said

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Because it is such a small community, all of the parents and children know each other so the committee is a very close knit group, she said. But, she gave praise to the fifth grade kids for assisting, as well.

Lehrich said the event typically raises a good amount of money and everyone has fun.

Sandra Lim and her son Dylan, who is in the first grade, attended the event for the first time. It was a lot of fun and it gave him something exciting to do on his birthday, she said. After partying this past Sunday, Lim said Dylan definitely has had a good week.

“It seems like he’s having a really good time,” she said. “His parties don’t end.”