Bouquets for S. Carroll High's floral shop program


May 26, 2000|By Donna Abel | Donna Abel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

SOUTH CARROLL HIGH School's Cavalier Creations floral shop program won the 2000 Youth Entrepreneur Program of the Year award from the Maryland Small Business Association.

In recognition of the South Carroll program's achievements, instructor Lori Powell and students Jennifer Gebhart and Jason Trump were presented with a $500 savings bond for Cavalier Creations. The bond was presented at a banquet May 4.

Powell began Cavalier Creations three years ago. As a student at Frederick County's Linganore High School, she was involved in floral design classes, and she wanted to design a similar program for South Carroll students. The program gives students hands-on experience running a business. The goal is to involve students in real-life scenarios of a business. Students who leave the program have the entry-level skills necessary to go into the floral design industry.

"Part of the instruction is learning about the industry," Powell says. "The students take orders, and they provide services for school functions, banquets, weddings or anything needing floral arrangements. Our advertising is strictly word-of-mouth. This is a training ground to prepare them for running a business in the future."

According to Powell, "The students provide a service at a reasonable cost and get experience and supplies they wouldn't be able to get otherwise."

One of Powell's former students, Rene Bonde, is a freshman at Delaware Valley College, where she is studying business and floral design. In a recent college competition, she placed first.

"She's a great example of how getting students involved in high school can give them an advantage in the floral design business," Powell said.

The Maryland Small Business Administration concentrates on fostering youth entrepreneurship. SBA focus groups have studied the effects of support for youth-run businesses and agree the process of starting a business - even for junior high and high school youths - is a life-enhancing experience. It often encourages careers in entrepreneurship and small business.

Memorial Day Observance

Mount Airy American Legion Gold Start Post 191 will hold its 54th Memorial Day Observance at 11 a.m. Monday at Pine Grove Chapel, 191 S. Main St., Mount Airy.

The program will begin with raising the flag and lowering it to half-staff. A service will follow in the chapel with prayers for veterans, songs, and an address by Alfred Schmidt, the American Legion department commander and Gold Star member.

A floral wreath will be placed at two monuments, a Marine squad will fire a 21-gun salute and taps will be played. The Gold Star Post invites veterans, Scouts and community members to attend.

Book and yard sales

St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 16457 Old Frederick Road in Mount Airy, will hold its big book sale from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. June 2. The church will hold its community yard sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 3.

Items that will be available at the yard sale include toys, tools, furniture and other household and children's items. Lunches and baked goods will be for sale. To reserve a free space: 410-418-8413.

The church is about one mile west of Lisbon Shopping Center.

Donna Abel's Southwest Neighbors column appears each Friday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

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