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Torgerson's spreads first-grade Halloween cheer


October 22, 2019

Havre Daily News/Rachel Jamieson

Employees of Havre's Torgerson's LLC hand out pumpkins Monday to first-grade students at Highland Park Early Primary School.

Torgerson's LLC of Havre gave away several pumpkins Monday to Highland Park Elementary School first graders as part of a several year tradition.

Torgerson's sale manager Marty Haflinger said the company has been doing the event for quite some time as a way for Torgerson's to give back to the community.

"I think we enjoy it as much as the kids enjoy it," he said. "It's a good way to get the kids happy and they love this."

Highland Park Elementary first graders Chevi Pourier and Libby Larson said they both loved getting pumpkins and that they are going to carve them into a bat shape.

"I like that (her pumpkin) is heavy," Larson said. "For Halloween I am going to be a moonlight unicorn."

"I am going to be the Black Panther," Pourier said.

Highland Park Elementary School Principal Mark Irvin said he has been involved with Torgerson's pumpkin give away for the three years he has been principal at the school.

"For us it's neat 'cause it's a community connection, a local business that comes in, and for some of those guys who drop off the pumpkins, they have grandkids here or have had kids here when they do it, so it's a neat connection," he said. "The biggest thing for me is that it's neat 'cause it's a community business and it shows that it's not something they have to do, but they choose to do that and there's no hidden agenda."

Irvin added that Torgerson's not only brings pumpkins to Highland Park, but also to surrounding community schools including Box Elder, North Star and Chinook.

Havre Daily News/Rachel Jamieson

"It is kind of a Halloween tradition, fall tradition, that they have been doing for a while," he said. "It seems kind of simple, but it is amazing how the kids look forward to it and the teachers too and all of us 'cause it makes for a fun day."

He said that the pumpkins being brought in ties in with events that are going on during the rest of the week, including Red Ribbon Week and Homecoming, followed by and Halloween next week.

Highland Park Elementary School first-grade teacher June Welch said she has been involved in Torgerson's giving pumpkins for around 15 years.

"I like it because everyone is assured a pumpkin and who may not otherwise get one to carve or paint," she said.


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