Midlands schoolchildren missing out on Valentine’s Day

cclick@thestate.comFebruary 13, 2014 

File photo provided by NECCO shows sayings imprinted on traditional Valentine's Day heart candies at the NECCO company headquarters in Revere, Mass.

“Valentines, valentines,

Pink, red and blue,

I’ve made a pretty one

Just for you!”

All those sweet Valentine’s Day cards exchanged by schoolchildren each Feb. 14 will have a late delivery this Valentine’s Day.

But is an extra snow day, on top of two days of school closings, worth the loss of the sweetest day of the school year?

“I have to admit I’m a little disappointed that I won’t be going to school tomorrow,” said Hayden Scudder, a fifth-grader at Irmo Elementary School. “I had a special surprise for my mom that I made in art club and, now that I’m out of school, I won’t be able to give it to her until after Valentine’s Day.”

Hayden wasn’t at liberty to divulge what the gift was since her mother was in earshot, but she said she would definitely pick it up on the first day back at school.

Normally, her classmates make Valentine bags and slip Valentines into them as part of Feb. 14 activities. But the snow and ice prevented Hayden and her mom, Laura Scudder, from even going out to buy Valentines this week.

“We never got the chance to buy any,” Hayden said.

Her friend, Logan Derrick, also was disappointed. She had her project in art club to look forward to, plus the prospect of writing a Valentine story for the class newsletter.

“I’m sad that we won’t have Valentine’s Day,” Logan, 10, and a fifth-grader, said. She held out hope that teachers would reschedule the holiday exchange once they returned to school.

“Maybe when we go back, but I don’t know.”

Sophie Curran, a third-grader at Pleasant Hill Elementary School, made homemade Valentines for her classmates, slipping a lollipop inside a bag with the sweet remembrance written out on notebook paper.

Sophie, who is 8, said she has loved playing outside in the snow, but when it came down to it, “If I had the choice, I would probably choose going to school.”

During this latest storm, the second of the season, Hayden said she has been “hanging out upstairs in my PJs and listening to music and listening to ice fall outside my window.”

But going outside to play in the snow?

“The second time around it gets a little old.”

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