By jeanne starmack
The kindergarten-through- second-graders gathered in the Campbell Elementary School library all agreed: no lovey-dovey Valentine’s Day stuff.
But that doesn’t mean they won’t be celebrating the holiday with a chocolate heart or two, or three.
Any holiday that features candy can’t be all bad, after all, pointed out Krista White as she entertained the kids Friday afternoon for “Kids’ Corner,” an Armstrong Cable program that will air on Channel 20.
White, the show’s host who also is the marketing coordinator for Armstrong, came prepared with a lesson on Valentine’s Day, with books, poems and a song she wrote herself.
She also brought origami boxes for each child to decorate, and in those boxes would go — what else? — candy.
The program, created by local programming coordinator Greg Rhoton, features age- appropriate activities and stories. It has been to Campbell several times, White said.
The Valentine’s episode will run for two weeks — watch for it to start in about four weeks, she said. It also will be available on Video on Demand in the Hometown Favorites folder.
“We’re going to be superstars,” White cheerfully told the children then it was time to learn about matters of the heart.
“When did it start in America?” asked White, reading from “Valentine’s Day” by Alice Flanigan. “Over 300 years ago,” she continued.
In those early days, she said, men asked women to marry them in a Valentine’s Day card, if you can imagine such a thing — the kids couldn’t.
People made their cards by hand, too, she said, until the first ones appeared in stores in 1906.
People also wrote poems, said White, who went on to read a poem from a book called “It’s Valentine’s Day” by Jack Prelutsky.
“There’s someone I know whom I simply can’t stand,” she read. “I wish he would bury his head in the sand.” The kids could relate. But then, a surprising plot twist: “Today out at recess, out in the yard, he suddenly gave me a Valentine Card. I wish that he hadn’t. It made me upset. It’s the prettiest one I could possibly get.”
After a few choruses of “Icky Sticky Valentine” — “I had me a card, I made it a heart, then I covered it with honey, and now it’s all ready. It’s my icky sticky Valentine, ’cause I’m stuck on you” — they got to work on their craft.
Even though they weren’t including romance in their holiday plans, they do have special Valentines in mind, some of them said while they glued feathers and sequins onto the small, white origami boxes.
“My little sister,” said first-grader Diandra North.
“My baby brother,” said first-grader Jasmine Vaughn.
“My mom,” said first-grader Tarel Barnette.