It’s fall, y’all! Time to pull out the fall harvest decorations and begin the quest for the perfect pumpkin.
St. Charles United Methodist Church, 1905 Ormond Blvd., Destrehan, is ready to help. The church community will host its annual Pumpkin Patch Craft Fair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
The craft fair will feature indoor and outdoor booths with a variety of items. Staff from the St. Charles Parish Library will be on hand with crafts and will hold storytime in the pumpkin patch throughout the day.
The East St. Charles Fire Department will be there to show off some of its finest equipment and will offer rides on its antique firetruck from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Jambalaya will be sold in the concession stand along with other goodies. Everyone is invited to come buy a holiday pumpkin or just to take fall pictures in the pumpkin patch.
The church also will hold a Night Out Against Crime event from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday with hot dogs and various activities.
For information, call (985) 764-8292. The pumpkin patch will remain open through October.
Hahnville High School grants
Hahnville High School teachers Elaine Fitzgerald and Holley Johnson recently received a $10,000 grant for the Hahnville Engineering and Robotics Club, which they sponsor.
The grant will be used to buy materials and supplies needed to build a competition robot for the Bayou Regional robotics competition to be held in March by FIRST Robotics Competition.
The competition allows students to apply their knowledge and innovation in both designing and building a robot. FIRST is based on a six-week design-and-build session in which teams are given a kit of parts and a gamelike task to perform.
Hahnville teachers Jennifer Hebert, Deborah Unger, Donna Broussard, Jasper Vinnett and April Black recently received a $12,712 Service Learning Grant from the Joe W. and Dorothy Dorsett Brown Foundation.
Through the Adolescents Advocate Literacy project, $5,400 will be used to promote reading within the St. Charles Parish community.
One literacy project involves a partnership with various St. Charles Parish elementary schools, where students will read to about 25 classes, organize activities related to the books and present the books as gifts for those elementary classroom libraries. Another project will have students read and write book reviews.
Through the Adults Reached Through Students project, $3,000 will be used to help students develop relationships with adults outside of their classroom and school environment. Students will visit the Norco Adult Day Care Center to participate in social gatherings that promote communication skills, fine motor skills and reflection while working on art activities together.
Another portion of the grant will be used to give students the opportunity to volunteer at the Second Harvest Food Bank, including working in the community garden, helping Second Harvest volunteers sort food items and set up the food baskets, distributing food baskets or serving a prepared lunch to Second Harvest volunteers.
Another group of students will use grant money to adapt recipes and make lunches for the school’s faculty members. The students also will sell lunches to the public to raise money for Children’s Hospital.