Students, teachers find unique ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day


Viera Charter School kindergarten teacher Carol-Ann Zaroogian, principal Dr. Julie Cady and students make preparations for Valentine’s Day.

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Students will be exchanging cards, creating arts and crafts and snacking on sweet treats at local elementary schools in celebration of Valentine’s Day.

Several area schools have extra special events planned this month.

At Suntree Elementary, students will perform acts of kindness in observance of Valentine’s Day.  During the week of Feb. 12, Suntree’s 35 kindness ambassadors will pass out kindness notes, stamps, stickers and other items.  The kindness ambassadors are part of the Kindness Club, which started in December.

According to Suntree teacher Tracy Seibert, “Kindness Club’s mission statement is to create a culture where Suntree students work together without judgement or reservation to create a kindness culture at Suntree Elementary School.”

Each week, the Kindness Club highlights a “Kindness Challenge,” in which students have helped out in the classroom, on campus, or in the community, with gestures such as making cards for members of assisted living facilities or painting rocks with kindness messages.

“On the morning Sun News each week, we spotlight a new Kindness Challenge such as sharing, helping or caring,” Seibert said.  “Students across the campus work at challenging themselves throughout the week.”

A father-daughter Valentine’s event called “An Evening in the Garden” has become a much-anticipated annual outing for many Viera Charter School students.  VCS girls can invite their fathers or any other significant adult to this fun-filled evening.

“There is something very special in dressing up and being treated like a lady, and learning that they are to be respected and adored by their future sweethearts,” parent volunteer Amanda Rost said.

Rost, who is coordinating this year’s “Evening in the Garden,” said it was the highlight of her daughter’s year in 2017.  A disc jockey will play music and refreshments will be served.

Elsewhere at VCS, first-grade teacher Corey Power will work  magic in her first-grade classroom with a Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs theme during Valentine’s Day week.   Power plans to decorate her classroom and explore fun projects with her students.

“We are transforming our classroom into the theme of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs for the entire Valentine's Day week, Power said. “Students will be writing, cooking and using math and science skills based on the book's subject matter.

This year, celebrate Valentine’s Day with your children or loved ones by reaching out with an act of kindness or sharing an activity that is uniquely yours.