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Prison pumpkins are holiday bounty for Utah schoolchildren

Published October 22, 2012 2:02 pm

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Halloween came early Monday for special needs students at Kauri Sue Hamilton School, 2728 W. 13400 South in the Jordan School District. Hundreds of pumpkins grown by inmates at the Utah State Prison were delivered to the school, the first of several donations that will be made to organizations in the Salt Lake Valley. Inmates grow the pumpkins from seeds donated by Mountain Valley Seeds and harvest them through the summer. After the Halloween project, inmates begin growing poinsettias to deliver to children and the Capitol Building for the holiday season. Female inmates also build gingerbread scenes and donate them to the Festival of Trees.