Floral design course a success at Filer high school


Teacher Jennifer Cummins says the unique program provides students with hands-on business experience.

FILER, Idaho – At Filer High School, one of the agriculture classrooms is filled with flowers.

The ornate floral designs are made by students, under the supervision of teacher Jennifer Cummins.

Cummins, who also teaches animal and plant sciences, said at first she was not sure how many students would be interested.

“At first I was a little worried,” she said. “I started the floral program when I came here to class four years ago and started with a small class of six and now I have 30 to 50 kids in it.”

Cummins received a CapEd grant to purchase equipment and a floral cooler, and obtains the flowers used in the classroom through a wholesaler.

“They start with entry-level stuff, how to treat flowers, through to some of the more advanced designs. When the students have completed about two semesters, they start planning the other classes and help me a lot with it. choosing the patterns for the regular floral design class as well as ordering for me, ”she said.“ They come up with the list of supplies, the cost, how much we spend. So it’s a good experience, we’re trying to run the course as close as a real floral business would. “

The classes even have a trade name – “Sunshine Flowers”. Cummins said many of the completed flower arrangements end up brightening up someone else’s day.

“At the start of the year, we have a subscription program where people can sign up to get one flower arrangement per month,” the teacher said. “These subscriptions cost around $ 20 and cover all expenses, plus a little extra so they can do more flowers in the classroom.”

Cummins students even made the flowers for local weddings and other special events, gaining real-world experience before leaving high school.

“Kids love to deliver flowers, they love to see the faces of the people they’re delivering flowers to,” Cummins said. “They have a sense of accomplishment.”

If you would like to nominate a teacher who goes above and beyond, email us at [email protected] Teachers, for more information on submitting a classroom grant application through the Idaho CapEd Foundation, visit www.capedfoundation.org.

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Rosalie M. Dehner