JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – Some students at schools in Jefferson County are getting into the Halloween spirit — thanks to the work of some jail inmates and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. The inmates grow pumpkins — starting with planting the seeds in May to harvesting them in the fall.

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Then those pumpkins are given to lower income families at some schools.

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This year’s harvest is about 200 pumpkins.

“This is a bonus for them, they get to work with their hands and get in the dirt and do some good for the community,” said Mike Taplan with the sheriff’s department.

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The pumpkins are handed out to students at Bell Middle School and Robert G. Wieland School.

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