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HOSA International Donates Hundreds of Flowers to Francis in the Schools

HOSA International Donates Hundreds of Flowers to Francis in the Schools on hosa.com

Learn about this special event and why we support it

On the second weekend in December, 300 people in Contra Costa County in California got to experience a winter holiday Faire hosted by Francis in the Schools. Schoolchildren ranging from kindergartners to fifth graders and their parents participated in several fun events, including flower arranging. HOSA International was delighted to be able to donate the flowers.

Founded in 2011 by Dr. Carol Weyland Conner, Francis in the Schools is an annual one-day event created to teach inner-city students about Francis of Assisi. Designed to be non-religious in nature, the purpose of the program is to spread Francis’ message of love and compassion. Since it began, there have been over 20 events around the U.S., with almost 12,000 children participating.

“Children growing up in urban areas face the challenges of ethnic and social blending and a below-average standard of living,” Conner says. “Yet they’re delighted and encouraged when they learn the inspiring story of Francis of Assisi. This is a celebration of the resilience, wonder, and joy inherent in the children, of the kindness, compassion, and ceaseless service Francis modeled for others, and of the inspiration and encouragement our beloved children gain from learning about the life of this remarkable man.”

HOSA International Donates Hundreds of Flowers to Francis in the Schools on hosa.com

For the events, HOSA donated 720 flowers, and we are very glad to say that they arrived in excellent condition and remained that way for several days. Put in small buckets, the flowers were set up and waiting for the children. Every child got their own bucket and was able to create a unique flower arrangement. Marta Kentfield, Flower Outreach Volunteer for Francis in the Schools, was one of the hosts for the flower arranging activity.

“The children responded with excitement and delight to this opportunity!” Kentfield said. “For many, it was their first experience working with fresh flowers. Yet even the youngest kindergartners engaged in the task with remarkable ease, working with thoughtful care to create beautiful and balanced designs.”

HOSA International Donates Hundreds of Flowers to Francis in the Schools on hosa.com

The kids weren’t the only ones excited about crafting flower arrangements, said Kentfield. “Some of the parents were unsure if they should participate in what they saw as an activity primarily designed for kids. But with a little encouragement, they joined with enthusiasm in creating beautiful arrangements for their homes and families.”

HOSA International Donates Hundreds of Flowers to Francis in the Schools on hosa.com

“On behalf of our flower team, I would like to express our sincere gratitude for your ongoing support of the Francis in the Schools program,” Kentfield added. “The flowers we receive from HOSA International are consistently of the highest quality and the greatest beauty! I was also touched by the immediate action you took to ensure that the roses for our December Faires would arrive in time.”

Everyone at HOSA is thrilled at the success of these events and glad we can support a very worthwhile program. We look forward to being part of future Francis in the Schools events!

HOSA International Donates Hundreds of Flowers to Francis in the Schools on hosa.com

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