By Mark Ambrogi
The Carmel Elementary Flower Sale has been benefiting Carmel Elementary School for more than 40 years.
This year the sale will have a twist as the flowers will be picked up a week earlier than previous years. The pickup is from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. April 29. Typically the pickup is on the Friday before Mother’s Day. Now the flowers can be picked up more than a week before Mother’s Day, which is on May 7.
“It was kind of scramble, people picking up and right away it’s Mother’s Day weekend,” said Heather Tosh, a member of the CES Parent-Teacher Organization communication committee. “This gives a week’s notice, and you can have the flowers ahead of time before you head out to go visit mother.”
It will be especially convenient for those mothers out of the Indianapolis area. The pre-orders for the sale begin March 4 and end March 21. The gym is turned into a greenhouse and there are additional flowers available for sale during pick-up hours April 29 and 9 a.m. to noon April 30.
“The financial support of our PTO helps us enrich the learning we provide to our students,” Carmel Elementary principal Megan Klinginsmith said. “The profits from the flower sale are used to enhance our academic offering by bringing additional STEM activities, professional development of staff members, teacher grants, and countless other needs and wishes. The flower sale is so important to our school.”
The fundraiser is the largest the school conducts each year. Last year the sale raised $28,500.
“One hundred percent of that is invested back into the students with classroom grants, technology and teacher education,” Tosh said. “We have an all-new makerspace, a creation activity center, where children can build and create.”
New this year in the sale are herb planters and succulent planters.
For more, visit flowers4ce.com.