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Students reach out with the Purple Pumpkin Project

Oct 30, 2019
Lila, a Camden Rockport Elementary School student, joins her classmates in the Purple Pumpkin Project.

Camden — Camden Rockport Elementary School recently participated in the Purple Pumpkin Project, to help spread awareness about epilepsy and show support for students and staff who have epilepsy at the school.

One of those students is Lila. Lila’s father approached Explorer Program teacher Nikole Seeger, about the Purple Pumpkin Project, a campaign to promote awareness of epilepsy to understand and support those affected by seizures.

Seeger and homeroom teacher Susan Davis loved the idea and turned the project into a mini-lesson and activity for students. Nurse Meghan Fitzpatrick and Michelle Beveridge, who also has epilepsy, gave a presentation and afterwards each student painted a purple pumpkin which they took home along with a flyer from the Epilepsy Foundation about the project. When people ask, "Why is your pumpkin purple?" students will be able to spread awareness about epilepsy to the community.

The Explorer students will also paint a large purple pumpkin that they will place in the lobby of Camden Rockport Elementary School.

For more information about the Purple Pumpkin Project visit

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