EDISON, NJ - Valentine’s Day is around the corner and the time has come when people are frantically trying to find the perfect gift to give to their special someone.

The creative minds at John P. Stevens High School have come up with “Celebration in a Box,” a gift created by Family Career Community Leaders of America. FCCLA is a student organization that focuses on learning leadership skills through Family and Consumer Sciences education.

“FCCLA needed a new way to fundraise, and since we have access to the food room, we decided to make it relate to food,” said Connor Shah, FCCLA member and co-creator of  “Celebration in a Box.”

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Throughout the system of creating this gift, you pick the flavor, icing, and topping for a cupcake with a message to send to someone within JP Stevens. Flavors of cupcakes and icing include any combination of the standard chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry.  In addition, you can choose from three toppings: rainbow sprinkles, chocolate sprinkles, and Valentine sprinkles.

If you are considering purchasing one, it is $1.50 and you may submit the pink forms, available in the Family Consumer Science rooms, two days in advance in order for the students to properly prepare it.

The cupcakes are delivered to the recipient’s homeroom in a chinese takeout box with the message from the sender written on it.

“We chose cupcakes because they’re quick, easy, and very celebratory,” said Shah. “Celebration in a Box” is available all year-round, but sells the most around Valentine’s Day. “One year we had over 100 boxes to make for Valentines day,” said Nicole DeMattia, Family Consumer Sciences teacher.

The majority of  the proceeds go towards, “Share our Strength” a charitable foundation that helps to end childhood hunger.

“Share our Strength” is FCCLA’s national outreach project so we give to that organization as much as possible,” added Shah.

Celebration in a Box” began in 2010 by the JP Stevens’s FCCLA community and continues to be successful  in contributing to a charitable cause and helping students find the perfect gift.


Aneesa Khan is a freshman at J.P. Stevens High School participating in the journalism program with TAP into Edison