HAVERHILL — Tyler Kimball, a late-arriving candidate for mayor, has a strategy for capturing the hearts and minds of children — and hopefully the votes of their parents.
Kimball, whose family has run Kimball Farm on East Broadway for generations, has a campaign strategy that includes teaching children about agriculture and encouraging them to read the newspaper as an educational tool.
As part of his campaign for mayor in this last week leading to the election on Tuesday, Kimball is mailing out personal letters to registered voters in Haverhill explaining why he is running and what he hopes to accomplish.
He said he planned to mail out thousands of letters this week, in time for voters to learn more about him before they cast their ballots.
Yesterday, Kimball arranged to have off-duty police officers and firefighters help him deliver 2,400 pumpkins to Haverhill’s four middle schools in hopes they will spark the imagination of children and teach them about where food comes from and how crops are grown. He said the officers and firefighters volunteered their time to help with the distribution.
Kimball said he hopes students will bring home the pumpkins and, with help from adult family members, turn them into pumpkin pies, pumpkin bread or maybe a side dish for a meal as well as roast the seeds as a healthy snack. He said this member of the squash family can teach children a lot if they are willing to open their minds to the many uses of a pumpkin, in addition to carving them into fun characters for Halloween.
“I also want them to dry the seeds out, save them until next year and plant them in the spring,” Kimball said. “They can either start a garden or plant them in pots and transfer them to a garden.