The Spanish Honor Society has been selling carnations in the cafeteria for the past two weeks. Students can purchase two dollar carnations and write a personal note to the recipient, which are delivered on February 12th, the Friday before Valentine’s day.
“Valentine’s Day is a day to pretty much just make somebody aware that you love them,” Spanish Honor Society president Carolina Cardona said. “A lot of the times, I think people forget to say that to people and they just take it for granted. I think Valentine’s Day is just a day to make that obvious and more clear.”
The project started six years ago and is unique to the Reagan Spanish Honor Society chapter.
“[My favorite part is] seeing people’s faces whenever they get the carnations,” Cardona said . “They always end up smiling because they feel special and it feels good to be thought of.”
Proceeds go to a 500 dollar scholarship fund for a Spanish Honor Society member.
“The students give their friends a positive note and it’s very nice,” Spanish Honor Society sponsor Francisca Frye said. “For two dollars they make somebody happy, and also it’s money that is going to go for somebody to go to college.”
The application process for the scholarship includes an essay and a screening from a panel of teachers and administrators.
“[We look for] how they are using Spanish outside the classroom, and how they are enriching the community and if they have any other services,” Frye said. “We really encourage the students to buy the carnations. There was one year where we had two scholarships because we sold so many carnations. It was very rewarding.”
Each year second period Spanish students and Spanish Honor Society volunteers deliver over 1,200 carnations with special messages to students.
“[I’m sending carnations to] this special guy I like,” freshman Tammy Ashinhurst said. “I don’t know if he’s gonna get one for me but [I want] a good relationship with him. I don’t care if we start dating but I want to at least become better friends with him.”
The carnations are ordered in December and delivered to the school two days before distribution. Once delivered to the school, the flowers are stored in water, trimmed, and bundled. A few of the cards are screened to ensure that they are school appropriate, and then the flowers are ready for delivery.
“[The best part about sending flowers is] to show that you’re acknowledging [your friends],” senior Rishabh Monga said. “Usually people get wrapped up in school and they don’t focus on their friendships.”