GPS parents and grandparents can send their girls long-stemmed red roses on Tuesday, Feb. 11. The money raised from the annual sale of the roses contributes to the expenses of the 18th Habitat House being built by GPS and McCallie students.
Juniors and seniors involved in building the Habitat home will stay late on Monday, carting buckets of roses and locker lists around school, making sure the messages of love are left on Middle School and Upper School lockers. The next morning there is a decidedly floral fragrance to the hallways.
The annual fundraiser brought in over $16,000 last year on the sale of over 800 roses, a Pre-Valentine’s Day gesture of love and support for families working to fulfill their dream of owning a home. “This is a much better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day,” says Habitat sponsor Linda Mines. It’s also much more practical, taking the place of cookie bouquets, bling, and boxes of chocolates.
Seniors Lauchlan Davis and Lauren Whitfield have spearheaded the campaign with “incredible leadership,” according to Mrs. Mines, who adds that GPS girls “are helping change lives and revitalize communities through their work with Habitat for Humanity.”