MORAN — Crushes were the rule Monday at Marmaton Valley High School.
As Valentine’s Day fever was in full swing, members of the freshmen class were busy delivering “Crush Valentines.”
Each consisted of a helium-filled balloon tied to a bottle of Strawberry Crush soda with an attached card.
While the school has an enrollment of just about 400, the students delivered a whopping 778 Crushes, class adviser Debra Carr said.
Not all went to high-schoolers. Some were delivered to junior high and elementary school students, while others were delivered to residents at Moran Manor Nursing Home and the Marmaton Valley Village, another housing complex for senior citizens.
“This has been by far our biggest year in terms of sales,” Carr said.
Demand for the crushes was so high that Carr was required to make an impromptu trip to Iola at midday to purchase an additional 13 six-packs of Strawberry Crush.
The ninth-graders began selling the cards last week and began filling balloons at the start of school Monday. The Crushes were delivered at the end of the day.
Proceeds from the Crush sales will go into an account for the students to pay for decorations and other arrangements for the junior-senior prom when they become 11th-graders.
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