Career Center Flowers

By: Samantha Solliday
Greenery, carnations, baby’s breath, and roses in shades of pink and white covered the tables of the floral design class at the Killeen ISD Career Center Tuesday morning.

In anticipation of Valentine’s Day, vocational teacher Sarah Crawford and her students created bud vases and stunning rose arrangements to be sold as part of a fundraiser for her Future Farmers of America organization.

Students selected their color scheme and flower type for the bud vase and worked together in teams of two.

Crawford walked around the room making sure that each bud vase was designed to perfection. For the finishing touch, students created bows that would adorn the vase for a little extra pop of color.

The skill level that her students have achieved since the beginning of the school year has impressed Crawford.

“They have grown so much,” she said. “I love that I can turn them loose now and let them create simple things like the bud vases.

“They knock it out so quickly now, we have some talented students here.”

Once the vases are completed, they go into a cooler to be sold for Valentine’s Day, where students and teachers have the opportunity to purchase beautiful creations for their friend or sweetheart.

“The money we raise from this really helps us with a lot of different events that FFA has throughout the year,” stated Crawford.

“We travel for competitions, and have entrance fees, but our biggest thing is our senior banquet, where we purchase senior gifts and have our award ceremony.”

For Harker Heights High senior Keana Ferguson, she is just excited that she has found another outlet for her creativity.

“I just needed an art credit,” she said. “I never thought I would enjoy floral design so much.

“I am already a creative person and this just helps me look at things differently. I love all the hands-on activities.”

Arrangements will be sold in the Career Center Cafeteria today.

Arrangements for Purchase:

Single Stem Carnations- $2
Single Stem Rose- $3
3 Carnation Buds Vase- $10
Single Rose Bud Vase- $10
3 Rose Bud Vase- $15
Dozen Carnations Vase- $20
Dozen Roses Vase- $35

*Limited quantities available