Starkville area residents will have the opportunity to select the collage that will hang in a school in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Downtown Pumpkinpalooza will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight in downtown Starkville. The event is sponsored by the newly formed Starkville Main Street Association, along with contributing sponsors Greater Starkville Development Partnership, Starkville Community Market, and Ford Fiesta.
At tonight’s Downtown Pumpkinpalooza, collages inspired by “Listen to the Wind” by Greg Mortenson, will be on display at Polka Tots. The community is asked to stop by and vote on their favorite artwork.
The collages were created as part of a special project with Mississippi State University’s Maroon Edition and second grade students at Sudduth Elementary School. “Three Cups of Tea” and the children’s book, “Listen to the Wind” are part of the Maroon Edition First Year Reading Project.
MSU’s Maroon Edition committee member April Heiselt of said the piece of artwork that wins the people’s choice, will be taken to display in the school in Kabul, Afghanistan. The other pieces of winning art created by these local second graders will be displayed in various locations around the community.
Votes will be gauged by the amount of donations collected at each piece. All proceeds will be donated to the Lamia Afghan Foundation to purchase school supplies for children in Afghanistan.
“As children are continuously learning about the culture of students half-way around the world, they have an opportunity to display their culture in this community,” said Bre Hardy with the MSU Maroon Edition. “This project also allows a variety of people in the Starkville community to collaborate and therefore, has created a strong connection between the elementary school and Mississippi State University. Bringing culture and collaboration in service-learning between these two partnerships has helped bring a new learning opportunity for young students in the Starkville community.”
Hardy said second grade students were encouraged to work hard to create art that displays their culture and lifestyle at their school.
“While creating their masterpieces, students were urged to take a closer look at how their school life may be different from others around the world,” Hardy said.
After the students finished their artwork, the pieces were judged in order to pick the top projects that are displayed during the free Downtown Pumpkinpalooza event.
Pumpkinpalooza will feature trick-or-treating to downtown merchants, a pumpkin patch, face painting and a pumpkin-painting station.
The event will also feature a MSU pep rally with appearances by Athletic Director Scott Stricklin and Bully,
Following the event, the Starkville Community Market will feature a free screening of “Monster House” at the market site located on the corner of Lampkin and Jackson Streets beginning at 8 p.m.
Residents are encouraged toring lawn chairs and blankets to watch the animated story of three teens discovering that their neighbor’s house is really a living, breathing, scary monster.
Donations benefiting the Starkville Community Market will be accepted at the movie and concessions will be sold.
For more information, contact Jennifer Gregory at 323-3322 or at firstname.lastname@example.org  or go to http://visit.starkville.org/pumpkin .