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Students participate in small business program to deliver flowers for Valentine's Day in Phoenix

Posted at 5:49 AM, Feb 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-14 07:49:23-05

PHOENIX — Students at Metro Tech High School are preparing to sell thousands of flowers this Valentine's Day as part of a small business program at the school.

"I have a good feeling we'll sell out," junior Kaylee Espinoza told ABC15, adding they prepared around 3,000 flowers for the holiday.

Around 50 students participate in the class, which operates a flower shop that's open to the public on campus. Students are also planning to set up a drive-through flower shop today outside the school buildings along Thomas Road, just west of 19th Avenue.

Throughout the class, students learn financial management, marketing and how to design the floral arrangements.

"I tell these kids on a daily basis, the skills that they learn in this class -- they will call me later and say, 'Ms. Colvin, you were right. You told me this,'" said teacher Jennifer Colvin. Colvin gave up running her own floral business to lead the course.

"This is their first major event where they had to use all of the skills that they've learned," she said.

Arrangements begin at $8, with a bouquet of roses available for $45. All the money goes back into the program to cover expenses.

Colvin said the campus flower shop and drive-through shop will be open today from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.