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Annie Powell stands in front of the School Store with Valentine’s decorations behind. The “Be My Valentine” poster is a staple in the store’s many decorations.
At Episcopal High School, we pride ourselves in decorating full-force for each and every holiday. There are Christmas trees and poinsettias around every corner during the month of December (plus a Menorah in the library), purple covers the chapel during Lent and Advent, and pastels in pinks, greens, and yellows are scattered about the School Store for Easter. Valentine’s Day is no exception.
On a typical Valentine’s Day at EHS, you will find teachers giving out candies at the end of each class, valentines posted along the windows of the library, and, of course, chocolate chip cookies the size of your face during our mid-morning break. This year - a pandemic Valentine’s Day - was a little different.
While EHS still decked out the School Store with festive Valentine’s decorations, there were no Valentine cards being handed out. In past years, the Student Senate would gather early on a cold February morning to write Valentines notes to students, teachers, and staff, sharing an anecdote or happy memory that they might have shared. Senior Annie Powell especially enjoyed writing the cards to her teachers last year.
“I wrote a letter to my favorite teacher, and the next day in class he called me out about it,” Annie said. “It’s really nice, because everybody gets a Valentine, so nobody feels left out in the fun.” Sadly, we missed out on the Valentine card excitement this year. Not to worry, though, Valentine decorations still made appearances throughout the school.
Campus Store staff Ms. Gobea and Ms. Gongora decorate their territory for each holiday. The School Store, a small store on campus that sells various EHS gear plus drinks and quick bites, was covered floor-to-ceiling in red and pink decorations, ranging from streamers hanging up high to banners posted on the windows. Up next on their list is Easter. The pair has yet to say what they have in store, but it is guaranteed to not disappoint!