The price of love at North Augusta High School is $1.
That will buy you a red carnation from the business club to send to your sweetheart for Valentine's Day. The Future Business Leaders of America are hoping flower sales will net enough money to cover expenses from the organization's regional activities and pay most of the expenses to an upcoming national gathering.
"The table was pretty busy all day today (Feb. 7)," said Rachel McKie, 18, a senior at North Augusta High and state president of the organization. "We ordered 400 carnations from Foxglove Florist, and they gave us a deal. Last year, we ordered 300, and we sold all of them."
At Butler High School you can express your love by buying a singing telegram from the school chorus. The recipient gets to go out into the hall during class to hear the ensemble perform. Members of the chorus have been singing over the intercom before morning announcements to give students a taste of what they can expect.
The fund-raisers are a good alternative for students who want to do something special for someone but have little money. They also give students a chance to have a token of Valentine's Day sentiments delivered in school - most schools don't allow deliveries such as flowers or balloons.
Evans High School students, like their North Augusta peers, have a chance to buy carnations. At Lakeside High School, students can purchase sour Gummi lips - known as "Pucker Ups." At Strom Thurmond High School in Edgefield County, the girls' basketball team is raising money by selling carnations and roses, and the newspaper staff offered space for Valentine's Day personal ads.
The Greenbrier Middle School Student Council is selling candy-grams for the first time this year - an adviser brought the idea from another school.
"We'll be making Valentine's cards and delivering them with a piece of candy," said student council president Avery Newman, 14.
"They'll be 50 cents for a card and an Airhead - sort of like taffy," added Jessica Bell, 14, vice president.
Greenbrier pupils will use the money to spruce up the school grounds, assistant principal Jackie Creasy said.
Teen board members Michelle Callaham, Shannon Kelley, Camden Morgante, Jessi Stephens and Lindsay Wilkes-Edrington contributed to this report.
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Need an inexpensive idea for a Valentine's gift for your sweetheart? Try one of these, suggested by the Xtreme teen board:
Hang out in a bookstore cafe together, reading, talking and drinking some of the specials.
Find a nice place to have a picnic and pack a light meal.
Make dinner instead of going out to eat. Use candles to make the table look more romantic.
Give a personalized gift instead of candy or flowers - something small but thoughtful, such as a book.
Fill a small jar with paper hearts. On each heart, write a reason why you love your sweetie. Label the jar "Reasons I Love You."
Single and trying to find something to do on Valentine's Day? Try some of these ideas:
Invite a couple of friends to your house and watch some rented movies.
Go bowling with friends.
Go out to eat at a nice restaurant - but go with friends instead of a date.
Pamper yourself - take a hot bath or paint your nails.
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