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Forest Hills High choir offers memorable Valentine's Day present

Forest Hills High School choir director Vicki Hogan leads some of her students in a rehearsal of songs they will present as valentine’s presents.

Would you like to give someone special a Valentine’s Day they’ll never forget? The Forest Hills High School Chorus can help make that happen.

About 25 chorus students will bring “singing valentines” right to that special someone’s office or place of employment. The performance will be delivered to area businesses, schools, nursing homes, hospitals and restaurants, but not to private residences.

Students will travel to workplaces and offer these love songs in harmony the day before Valentine’s Day.

Vicki Hogan, FHHS choir director, brought the concept to Forest Hills High School seven years ago when she first came to Union County Public Schools. “We get lots and lots of tears of happiness. We always have a mix of standard songs that older people will know and some that the kids will know.”

The cost of the personalized performance is $25. Hogan said students not only sing a song, they also present a rose to the individual.

“The $25 covers the cost of gas and the cost of a rose; plus it’s a fundraiser for us,” Hogan said. “Once everything is all paid for, we probably make about $100.”

The money goes back into the classroom, buying such things as sheet music or props that are used in the school’s concerts.

The individual sending the valentine can choose one of five songs: “All of Me,” “You Are My Rock,” “Stick Wid U,” “Stand By Me,” “Just the Way You Are,” “My Girl,” and “1,000 Years.”

This is the first year that Forest Hills sophomore Breezy Thomas, 15, has been part of the singing valentines.

“I think it’s going to be fun,” Thomas said. “It’s definitely a good experience for us because it kind of creates a family here at school and it’s helping out the community. I think it’s for a good cause.”

Ava Horne, 17, a senior, has enjoyed being part of the singing valentines for all four years of her high school career. She said what she most enjoys is the look on the faces of those who get the singing valentine.

“We have had people cry before,” Horne said. “It’s really touching to them. I’m an emotional person so it almost makes me cry, too. The words move people. We had one song called, “Thank you” that we sang to a lunchroom lady at an elementary school, and she was in tears.”

All singing valentine will be delivered the day before Valentine’s Day, on Feb. 13. For more information, email Vicki.hogan@ucps.k12.nc.us.


Written by: Deb Coates Bledsoe, UCPS Communications Coordinator
Posted: Feb 04, 2015 by Deb Coates Bledsoe

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