Bouquets help brighten first day at Northeast High PASADENA

September 02, 1993|By John Rivera | John Rivera,Staff Writer

The faculty and staff of Northeast High School experienced some rough times at the end of the last school year, so the owner of a local flower shop, the parent of two students there, thought some flowers might kick off the new year on a positive note.

Patsy Plowman sent a small bouquet of three yellow carnations -- the school color, of course -- in a glass bud vase for every teacher, administrator, custodian and cafeteria worker. She sent vases.

At the end of the day, school officials said there were enough for everybody, with even a few to spare.

"We just felt like there were a lot of teachers here who deserve some praise for who they were and what they do," said Ms. Plowman, who owns the Country Peddler Florist and Bridal Shoppe on Fort Smallwood Road.

"We just want to let them know that we all cared and we were excited about the new school year and all the good things that were going on at Northeast," she said.

Principal Joseph Carducci said the gesture showed that "the community was supportive, that they wanted to welcome everybody back, that they wanted to get the year started on a positive note."

"It's good to know that the community is supporting you in what

you're doing," he said. "It's a good feeling."

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