Three Ways to Get Your Students Involved in the Pumpkin Smash
Sep 24 2019
The annual Pumpkin Smash has successfully diverted over 254 tons of pumpkins from landfills – saving landfill space, hundreds of gallons of water, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and sending tons of nutrients back to the soil. If you haven’t already gotten started, it may be a bit late to host a collection site but your students can still be involved in this awesome community sustainability initiative!
- Volunteer Smashers Needed: It’s a great volunteer opportunity for upper middle school and high school students. Many sites want to work with local students to help staff the event. Find a location nearest your school and reach out. Not sure who to contact? Email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll point you in the right direction.
- Be a Pumpkin Smash Advocate – Help spread the word: Students of any age can print a fill-the-blank flier or poster, write in the local Pumpkin Smash info and post it around school. You can also send home Trick-or-Treat cards to share when handing out candy or out trick-or-treating.
- Mobile Pumpkin Pick-up: Students can help divert pumpkins from the landfill by collecting jack-o-lanterns from neighbors and bringing them to their local Pumpkin Smash. Do a little outreach ahead of time by offering residents the drop-off service so you can simply drop by and grab their pumpkins on Nov 2nd. In the past, groups have brought multiple car loads of pumpkins from their neighborhoods, performing a service for their community members and the planet.