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Columbia Area Career Center has one-day Valentine's flower sale

Friday, February 12, 2010 | 7:40 p.m. CST; updated 8:33 p.m. CST, Friday, February 12, 2010
Stephanie Curtis, a senior at Rock Bridge High, arranges roses in the back room of the flower shop at the Columbia Area Career Center on Friday. The flower shop is staffed by high school students as part of a class.

COLUMBIA — While the dreary days of February drag on, the students of floral and plant design class at the Columbia Area Career Center are adding a touch of pink, white and red with their Valentine’s sale.

Students in the class hold the sale every year, typically on Feb. 11 and 12. This year, the sale was one day only since Valentine's Day falls on a Sunday.

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“The main goal of the sale is to help students gain hands-on experience in the world of work,” said horticulture teacher Sherie Rodekohar.

Students in the design class participate in this year-long class and learn how to make simple arrangements such as round and triangular, as well as different styles of bows.

The flowers in the arrangement are purchased from a local wholesaler, Florist Distributing.

The best part of the sale is watching the buyer walk away with their flowers, Rock Bridge High senior Stephanie Curtis said.

“It’s rewarding to see how much people like your arrangement and compliment you on a job well done,” she said

The earnings from the sale are used to help reimburse the Career Center for the bulbs and soil it purchases. The center also recoups some costs through the sale of potted flowering bulb plants grown in a greenhouse by horticulture students.

Among the most popular items are the red roses and the flowering bulbs.

“The bulbs are normally the variety that are only seen in spring," Rodekohar said. "With the dreary winter weather, they cheer people up."

The pre-spring sale, which is geared toward early spring gardeners, is tentatively set for March 15.


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