Teacher Jennifer Cummins says the unique program provides students with hands-on business experience.
FILER, Idaho – At Filer High School, one of the farm classrooms is filled with flowers.
The ornate floral designs are made by students, under the supervision of teacher Jennifer Cummins.
Cummins, who also teaches animal and plant sciences, said at first she didn’t know how many students would be interested.
“At first I was a little worried,” she says. “I started the floral program when I came here to class four years ago and started with a small class of six and now I have between 30 and 50 kids.”
Cummins received a CapEd grant to purchase equipment and a floral cooler, and has the flowers used in the classroom through a wholesaler.
“They start with entry-level stuff, how to treat flowers, with some of the more advanced designs. When they get to the point where the students have taken about two semesters, they start planning the other classes and are very helpful in choosing the designs for the regular floral design class, as well as making the order for me, ”he said. she declared. “They list the supplies, the cost, how much we spend. So it’s a good experience, we’re trying to run the class as close as possible to a real flower business.”
The classes even have a trade name – “Sunshine Flowers”. Cummins said many completed flower arrangements end up brightening up someone else’s day.
“At the start of the year, we have a subscription program where people can sign up to get one flower arrangement per month,” the teacher said. “These subscriptions cost around $ 20 and cover all expenses, plus allow a little extra so they can do more flowers in the classroom.”
Cummins students even made the flowers for local weddings and other special events, gaining real-world experience before they left high school.
“Kids love to deliver flowers, they love to see the faces of the people they’re delivering flowers to,” Cummins said. “They have a sense of accomplishment.”
If you would like to nominate a teacher who goes above and beyond, email us at [email protected] Educators, for more information on submitting a class grant application through the Idaho CapEd Foundation, visit www.capedfoundation.org.
See all the episodes of our YouTube playlist: