HOLDEN, Mass. — Mountview Middle School held its second successful Pumpkin Patch this weekend, helping raise money for the Be Like Brit foundation's ongoing project to build an orphanage in Haiti.
The fundraiser started two years ago, with Mountview's volunteer organization, Kids in the Kommunity, helping to organize the Halloween event.
Together students and families brought hundreds of jack-o-lanterns to create a long and luminous pumpkin walk.
Additionally, this year the group joined forces with the Indian Hill Spooky Walk to raise even more money for the cause.
"We pulled two groups together, and all the money's going to Be Like Brit, so it's really nice," said Bob Champlin, coordinator of Kids in the Kommunity.
While last year's event was snowed out, this year Hurricane Sandy stayed at bay for long enough to allow for a night of spooky fun, and a few former Kids in the Kommunity members returned to see how the tradition was continued.
"When we did it, it was so small, but now it's really huge," said Liz Switzer, who now goes to Wachusett Regional High School.
"They came up with a lot of ideas, and now there's like a hay-ride and everything," added Katie Benoit. "It's awesome."
As Kids in the Kommunity, the middle school students had formed a small army of volunteers that were constantly giving up their time to do fall clean-ups at Holden's Red Barn or sing Christmas Carols around town.
"It showed us how to serve our communty," said Switzer. "Katie and I were thinking of starting it up at Wachusett, that's how much we loved it."