John Weldon Fifth-Graders Take a Stand with Pumpkin Stand to Support Flood Victims

Posted on 11/07/2016

John Weldon Elementary has supported many worthwhile causes over the years, inspiring its school community. Recently that inspiration also ignited a spark to do good in three John Weldon fifth graders.


Last month a “Hat Day” was organized to raise funds to support the flood victims in Louisiana. When brothers Blake, Bennett, and Anderson Brown came home from school that day, they came up with the idea to sell pumpkins and donate the proceeds to support the cause.

“When they heard at school about the flood victims in Louisiana, they really wanted to do something to help,” said Jenn Brown, mother of the boys.

The Brown brothers had planted pumpkins and ornamental squash earlier this summer at their grandparents’ farm and had a bountiful harvest this fall, according to Brown.

“We came up with the idea to set up a pumpkin stand,” Brown said. “Thanks to the generosity of our neighbors, they sold out and we’ll hopefully be able to help many of those affected.”

John Weldon raised a total of $644 to donate to the victims in Louisiana, according to principal Bryan Howse. He is proud to see that the boys were inspired to do help, after hearing about the importance of supporting others at school.

pumpkins“We received a very positive response all around and have a very supportive community,” said Howse. “We are very thankful to be part of a school that serves others and puts first things first.”

Both John Weldon and the Francis Howell School District congratulate Blake, Bennett, and Anderson on their determination and generosity!

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