CRANFORD, NJ - Cranford High School’s Student Council raised more than $300 in the week before Valentine’s Day through their annual carnation sale.

The annual tradition has taken place for more than 10 years, with this year’s money going towards the New Jersey Association of Student Council’s State Charity, America’s Grow-a-Row.

The charity's mission is to help poor communities by planting, picking, rescuing, and delivering free fresh produce. They also serve to educate future generations about world hunger issues and food security as well as introduce them to sustainable agriculture farming techniques.

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“Student Council loves bringing happiness to students and staff at Cranford High School and beyond, and this carnation sale is a great way to do it,” student council advisor Frank Vito said.

More than 150 carnations were sold this year in total at the price of $2 for one carnation and $3 for two. The carnations are sold with a written note attached, detailing who the flower is from and a personal note if the sender chooses to.

“I think that sending a flower to someone shows that person that you care about them,” Senior Catherine McCarthy, who sent multiple carnations to her friends, said. “This gesture can really brighten someone's day.”

When asked about Valentine’s Day plans, McCarthy laughed.

“Unfortunately, I have to work all night,” she said. “This carnation sale is really the only way that I’m showing my Valentine’s Day spirit.”

Kat Ruane is a high school student participating in a journalism program with TAPinto Cranford.