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No tricks, all treats as Utah prison inmates donate pumpkins they grew to students with disabilities in Halloween tradition

Jordan Valley preschooler Aiden Theirel looks at a pumpkin as he plays during an annual Halloween event where inmates in the Green Thumb Nursery program at the Utah State Prison donate pumpkins to students with disabilities.
Jordan Valley preschooler Aiden Theirel looks at a pumpkin as he plays during an annual Halloween event where inmates in the Green Thumb Nursery program at the Utah State Prison donate pumpkins to students with disabilities at the Jordan Valley School gymnasium in Midvale on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021.
Shafkat Anowar, Deseret News

Jordan Valley preschooler Aiden Theirel looks at a pumpkin as he plays during an annual Halloween event where inmates in the Green Thumb Nursery program at the Utah State Prison donate pumpkins to students with disabilities.

This year’s event was held Tuesday at the Jordan Valley School gymnasium in Midvale.

Utah State Prison inmates grew the crop of pumpkins — as well as annual, perennials, grasses, groundcover and vegetables — in the Green Thumb Nursery program as a way to give back to the community. The annual Halloween event is a highlight of the program each year for the inmates who participate and for the Jordan Valley School students who get to enjoy the donations.

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