Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

February 12, 2013

Valentine’s offerings at local schools also fundraisers

By Janet Jacobs
Corsicana Daily Sun

Corsicana — Love and money converge in Valentine’s Day, and various non-profits make that work for them.

For example, in Blooming Grove, the local historical society sells Valentine’s Day balloon bouquets throughout the schools.

“The parents really get into, and the kids do somewhat. They’re on the receiving end mainly,” explained David Haden. “Sometimes, we have some for adults so we get a little fancier on that. People buy them for their mothers or wives.”

The society has been doing it for about the last eight years, and it’s often the best fundraiser of the year for the group. The historical society has been busy renovating a downtown building and creating a local history museum and research facility. It’s expected to open this year.

In Dawson High School, it’s the floral design class that sells Valentine’s Day presents. They sell carnations or notes that students can send to one another, explained Michelle Sammon, horticulture and floral design teacher.

In Frost, the Parent Teacher Organization also sells carnations, but this year is also setting up a small booth in the auditorium where kids can buy little chocolate hearts or gifts for loved ones or family members. Prices range from 50 cents up to several dollars.

“We try to do it so anybody can come in and at least leave with something,” explained Amber Whitley, PTO president. “This is the first year we’ve done this. We have a Christmas store each year and it does really well so we decided we’d try to do a Valentine’s Day boutique.”

Money goes to support programs at the school that help teachers and students.

At Corsicana High School, the Council on International Affairs is selling wooden roses in bouquets and singles, according to Ginger Pawlowski, co-sponsor of the CIA.

In the past, the group has raised money and given it away, but this year they’re raising money to support their own group. The students compete in various current affairs contests in the Dallas area, and because of tightening transportation funds, they have to pay more than $300 for each trip to Dallas.

“We’re hoping it will be a success, and at least pay for part of one trip, if not one trip,” Pawlowski said.

Rice High School’s freshman class is stealing all the thunder this year, offering up a Valentine’s Day Dance for Rice High School students. The cost is $2 for admittance, and $2 for photos.

“Each class starts raising money when they’re freshmen for the junior/senior prom,” explained Cynthia Coward, art teacher and co-sponsor for the freshman class.

This is the first time Rice freshmen have done a Valentine’s Dance, Coward said. They’re going to have a 5-K run later in the spring, also to raise money for the prom. The run will be open to the public.

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