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Vote For NMS Scarecrows This Saturday And Sunday

Published: October 20, 2017 at 12:00 am

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Voting will be open on the annual Newtown Middle School Eighth Grade Scarecrow Contest this Saturday and Sunday, October 21 and 22, from 9 am to 5 pm, at the school, located at 11 Queen Street.

The school expects roughly 30 scarecrows will be entered into the fundraiser this year. Scarecrows will begin appearing on the front lawn at NMS after school on Friday, October 20. Volunteers will be present to collect ballots on Saturday and Sunday, along with the corresponding $1 donations. Votes and donations can also be dropped off before the morning of Monday, October 23, in the mail slot at The Newtown Bee's 5 Church Hill Road office, addressed to "Eliza."

Eighth grade students have been challenged annually to create a larger-than-life scarecrow that can withstand Mother Nature. While students can work alone, they are encouraged to work in groups.

Once the scarecrows are on display on the front lawn of the school, voting will be open to the public. Members of the public may cast as many votes as they desire, with corresponding $1 donations. From the money raised, the top three winning groups choose charities to which they will donate.

Students who participate in the contest or who volunteer to collect votes while the scarecrows are on view receive community service hours.

Ballots will be available at NMS while voting is open and a ballot is available in the October 20, 2017, print edition of The Newtown Bee to cut out. Ballots are also available here to print. Photocopies of ballots are acceptable, with the corresponding donations.

The top three winning scarecrows are expected to be announced at the school the week of October 23 and the winning groups will be announced in the October 27 print edition of The Newtown Bee.

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This Week's Poll

Newtown Cultural Arts Commission is presenting or coordinating on six weeks of special events. Which event are you looking forward to the most? (Visit our Features page for a full story with details about all of these events.)

“In The Bag” exhibition, on view to September 28
0% (0 votes)
The Lords of 52nd Street concert, September 14
0% (0 votes)
Newtown Arts Festival weekend, September 15-16
25% (1 vote)
“An Evening of the Arts,” September 15
50% (2 votes)
“The Fox on the Fairway” production by Town Players of Newtown, weekends September 21-October 13
0% (0 votes)
“The Main Street Replica Project,” launching September 25
0% (0 votes)
Someday Cinema Series screenings of “The Blues Brothers,” September 30
0% (0 votes)
Photography display “In Our Rearview Mirror” by Marleen Cafarelli, et al, October 1-30
0% (0 votes)
“Love, Laughter, and Rhubarb” with Tinky Weisblat, October 3
25% (1 vote)
Newtown Day, October 6
0% (0 votes)
The 3rd Annual Newtown-Sandy Hook Restaurant Week, October 8-14
0% (0 votes)
Basket weaving workshop with Tina Puckett, October 13
0% (0 votes)
“Courageous Conversations in A Complex World,” October 17
0% (0 votes)
Live at ETH: David Wax Museum concert, October 19
0% (0 votes)
The 2nd Annual Fall Carnival at Fairfield Hills, October 19-21
0% (0 votes)
Connecticut Author’s Reading Series, October 21
0% (0 votes)
Natalie’s Open Mic, October 21
0% (0 votes)
“The Wordsmiths,” October 24
0% (0 votes)
Pianist Konstanza Chernov, October 28
0% (0 votes)
Someday Cinema Series double feature screenings of “Bride of Frankenstein” and “The Beast with Five Fingers,” October 29
0% (0 votes)
Total votes: 4