2013’s Great Pumpkin Challenge

To the Editor:

I wish that I could take my friend Zoe’s cancer away, but that’s not how it works. What I can do is support her courage and strength. She inspires me and I am committed to making a difference in her life through celebrating friends, family, community and benefitting the lives of other kids going through difficult situations.

I’m a sophomore at NHS and have lived in Newtown my whole life. I love the people here and I love our town’s traditions; one of my favorites being Halloween on Main Street. Two years ago, I created the Great Pumpkin Challenge to help support my 12-year-old friend and to have fun.

I live on Main Street and we get thousands of trick-or-treaters for Halloween. I’m again asking everyone to have a good time carving a pumpkin and bring it to my house the weekend before Halloween with a $5 donation. The jack-o-lanterns will be stacked high on Halloween night for all of Newtown to see; it will be awesome! This year all of the proceeds will go towards Paul Newman’s Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, a summer camp that offers kids with serious illnesses “a different kind of healing.” Zoe had an amazing experience at Hole in the Wall.

Pumpkin Drop Off: 14 Main Street, 10/26 & 10/27, from 10 am – 5 pm.

Can’t make it? No worries! I have a website where you can buy a virtual pumpkin: www.greatpumpkinchallenge.org

I'm challenging everyone to help Halloween burn brighter on Main Street this year. We can change the world, one pumpkin at time!

Thank you,

Mackenzie Page


14 Main Street, Newtown                    September 30, 2013

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