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FBLA members are "blooming"

Red, white, pink and yellow flowers could be found around nearly every corner at the Meyersdale Area School District on Valentine's Day thanks to the efforts of members of the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) and the organization's annual Valentine’s Day Carnation sale. 

The FBLA Carnation Sale has been a tradition as MASD for nearly 25 years. Organized and implemented by Mrs. Chris Custer, this annual fundraiser is eagerly anticipated by students and adults alike. 

“I think it’s wonderful that our school has supported this effort for so many years. I think the students really enjoy sending carnations to their friends and loved ones,” Custer explained. “But, I think the parents enjoy this just as much as the kids.” 

Members begin work on this project months prior to Valentine's Day. The carnation sale requires many hours of work and preparation. Posters and flyers were created to advertise the sale throughout the District. Once orders were placed, members tallied the totals and recorded all information on spreadsheets. Careful bookkeepings and record-keeping is a key aspect of this annual project, to ensure that every “someone special” receives their flower. 

Lindsey Roberston, FBLA President, said that while this project does require a great deal of work, it also helps to create memories.

“Buying carnations and getting carnations is something I remember from when I was in elementary school. And, now I get to see how excited the elementary kids are when they buy and receive carnations,” Roberston explained.

On Valentine’s Day, members sorted more nearly 500 carnations to be labeled and then later distributed. Based on the smiles of the recipients as they headed home, the sale was a “blooming” success.