How Should Schools Celebrate Valentine's Day?

One school banned candy and others have taken different approaches.

Schools have to change with the times, even when it comes to Valentine's Day.

It used to be as simple as picking out the right cards at the drug store and creating a little box for your classmates to place their cards.

Somewhere along the line, though, things changed. And for one Massachusetts elementary school principal, things got too sweet.

So there will be no candy at Newton's Horace Mann Elementary School this year. According to a story on Boston.com, Principal Mark Nardelli said he's not cancelling Valentine's Day celebrations, just asking parents not to send candy.

While school-wide celebrations are rare in middle schools and high schools, they can take on a lot of forms in elementary school. Last year, one blogger noted that one of her children's teachers decided to focus on friendship instead of "love."

She also recounted a time when a teacher thought teaching the kids to dance would help with manners. The result was the boys lined up on one side of the room and the girls lined up on the other side of the room.

So how should elementary schools handle this holiday?

Jesseka Kadylak February 08, 2012 at 06:37 PM
I remember in elementary school that we would design and create a box to collect all of our Valentine's, and then we voted on who had the best. Over the years kids (and their parents) got really creative and made love boats and all kinds of interesting and fun boxes. I wish it was still acceptable to do that in my adult life.
Karl Smith February 08, 2012 at 07:04 PM
Agreed. And I never remember feeling any pressure or anything. It was just all in fun.


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