In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, more than 700 Heart-O-Grams were delivered to Royals at Hopkins High School on Feb. 14. Each recipient was serenaded by song and gifted a special message and flower.
Staff and students look forward to this day each year because they know Heart-O-Grams will be coming throughout the day.
“When they spread smiles in the dead of winter, it’s a nice way to end the week,” said Katie Irvin, choir director.
This year, nine groups helped deliver Heart-O-Grams on Valentine’s Day. They chose their groups, songs, and style which resulted in lots of creativity. One group dressed as lifeguards, another wore scrubs, one group dressed in plaid, and some groups used instruments like guitars and a ukulele.
Irvin said that her favorite part about the Heart-O-Grams is the student participation from students she didn’t even know sang.
“I love seeing all of the different talent because we have so many singers who are not in choir who do the Heart-O-Grams,” she said.
Junior RJ Chokolis participated with his friends AJ Reeves and Andrew Chisley. His favorite part is going into the classrooms to make people smile and see people blush as they make their way to the front of the class for their Heart-O-Gram.
“We’re doing it with a group of friends so it’s real fun to be together and making people smile on Valentine’s Day,” Chokolis said.
Heart-O-Grams act as the largest fundraiser for the choir department. The funds go toward things like choir festivals, scholarships, and more.