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Judy Spooner Viewpoint: Hillside Elementary students ready for Valentine's Day

Students in Jolie Boich's class, who wanted their picture to show love and friendship, include Max Albertson, Joey Baker, Lydia Best, Skyler Croker, Jamieson Fife, Aliya Freberg, Colin Jones, Braden Kamitz, Nicole Knickel, Sierra Kresel, Grace Kuzma, Finley and Morgan Leick, Kristi Mills, Reegan Minarik, James Olsen, Olivia Opichka, Craig Ruffin Jr., Alex Westerman, Logan Wolf and Taryn Young. Bulletin photo by Judy Spooner

Most of my Valentine's Day memories are from elementary school. With a reminder from my mother that I had to give everyone in my class a Valentine so no one's feelings would be hurt if I left them out, I pored over them for hours to select just the right ones for my friends and not give some of the boys the wrong idea that I liked them.

With that memory in mind, I went to Hillside Elementary School last week. Jolie Boich invited me to her second-grade class to talk with them about what Valentine's Day means to them and how they were going to celebrate the day.

This week, Boich's class is making valentines. They will also decorate a box at home to bring to school to hold their valentines. I'm sure that their parents will give them the same reminder that my mother gave me, not to leave anyone out.

Jamieson Fife has a plan for making his box and thinks it's a good one for his classmates as well. "Just get some cardboard and some tape," he said. He plans to include "hugs and kisses" in his valentine messages.

Alex Westerman will keep it simple by writing "Happy Valentine's Day" inside his cards.

Because her mother does "so many things" for her, Skyler Croker is making a valentine for her mom with "I love you" on it.

Several of the children, including Reegan Minarik, said they intend to send valentines to their grandparents.

When asked why we have Valentine's Day, Colin Jones said it's "a holiday for love and caring."

Braden Kamitz said he plans to "have a good time" on the special day and Finley Leick suggested people spend time with their families.

Kristi Mills said she's going to use her hand prints, side by side, to shape a heart on one of her valentines. She also figured out why valentines are red and some are pink. Red is color of your heart, she said, and pink is the color of your cheeks when you are happy.

Can't argue with that.

The class will also be doing candy heart math using the candy hearts, a valentine staple, to add and subtract. The hearts are not old fashioned, Boich said. One of the messages is "text me."

My favorite part of the visit came when the children sang a song, one they sing throughout the school year. They insert a different food or treat each time. The word they chose was "chocolate."

My favorite thing is chocolate, they said, adding that they eat it for breakfast and lunch. "And if I had a 100 chocolates, I'd eat them all at once."

I would, too.

Judy Spooner
Judy Spooner is the longest-serving staff writer at the South Washington County Bulletin. Spooner, who covers education and features in addition to writing a weekly column, has been with the newspaper for over 30 years.
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