Members of Polk County High School’s Student Council decided to bring some extra festive spirit to the recent Halloween season.

To offer a break from the COVID-19 monotony of masks and maintaining social distance, the student council hosted two pumpkin carving contests, one for students and one for teachers, each with a cash prize.

Junior Kinsley Huskey won the student competition, with art teacher Jeff Thomas taking top prize in the faculty contest.

Kinsley Huskey’s winning carving entry
Jeff Thomas’ winning entry

The student council also decided that given that this has been a trying year for many families, all proceeds from the carving contest would go to the Thermal Belt Outreach food drive that PCHS’ Interact Club is hosting as well as the Christmas Angel program the council participates in every year.

The organization also decided that every PCHS student should receive a bag of candy for Halloween. Student council members spent two weeks bagging hundreds of bags of candy. The candy was donated by teachers as well as several local businesses – Food Lion, Family Dollar, CVS and Dollar General.

Unfortunately, inclement weather closed school and council members were unable to hand out the candy until the week after Halloween. But students still loved their treats.

The council is appreciative of the community’s willingness to help bring a little bit of light to PCHS students’ day in uncertain times.