Clovis East High School is breaking into the floral industry

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Whether they are serving as a statement piece at the dinner table or complimenting a bride and groom (KFSN)

Whether they are serving as a statement piece at the dinner table or complimenting a bride and groom on their special day, flowers can make all the difference.

The Ag Department at Clovis East is priming the floral industry's next generation. Those handling the arrangements and bouquets for a Central Valley wedding are students.

"The jobs they can do range from a retirement party, a birthday party, a baby shower, we do a lot of district jobs," said Aireal Covey with Clovis East High School.

Floral design class has been at the school for four years, but this is the first year of the advanced class where students get real world experience.

Covey said, "It is so rewarding, the kids love looking at what they've done and kind of reflecting on how they've created a masterpiece-- something really beautiful."

"It just kinda really makes my heart happy, because I like helping people a lot," said Clovis East senior Kaytlyn Weber.

"It is part of their special moment you know-- you want them to have that great feeling," said Izzy Sinor, Clovis East junior.

On track with CTE incentives, Sinor said this may be inspiring her career path.

"It gives us connections-- real world connections-- and it gives us a sense of responsibility."

Students in class cover everything from center pieces and bouquets, even boutonnieres. But that is not all that goes into completing the job-- students handle consultations, build quotes, and decide on pricing.

"The students are also showing up after school and on weekends to do the arranging the delivery and the setup," said Covey.

Like a job, students have a contract with their client and are paid an hourly wage for time spent outside of class. Money left over goes back into the program.

Those in the beginner sections, Art and History of Floral Design, earn art credit for both graduation and the UC and CSU application.
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