Marble Falls students thrive in a floral design class; you can buy their work

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Kambell Stewart, a floral design student at Marble Falls High School, works on an arrangement during class. The program teaches students how to make flower arrangements as well as interpersonal skills, teamwork, and business acumen. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Students at Marble Falls High School who take the floral design course taught by agricultural science teacher M’Lynn Prewitt learn more than how to arrange flowers.

“We combine everything we learn with hands-on learning that will be practical in the real world,” Prewitt said. “Plus, they learn many other skills that they can use in whatever job or career they pursue, things like teamwork, communication, business skills, something as simple as shaking someone’s hand and looking them in the eye.

“I try to teach them good character,” she added.

The floral design program, which includes beginner and advanced courses, is part of the school’s professional and technical education paths. Beginning class is fine arts credit.

Prewitt, who also teaches horticulture and greenhouse classes, knows that not all of her first-year floral design students will go beyond the foundation class, but she shows them what the CTE path has to offer, including including certifications that can help them land jobs in the fields of their choice. .

Addison Powell (left) and Ashlyn Walker, floral design students at Marble Falls High School
Marble Falls High School floral design students Addison Powell (left) and Ashlyn Walker prepare cut flowers for Valentine’s Day. The class will sell cut flower arrangements each month throughout the school year. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Youth also learn business and customer service skills. Floral design students will create and sell floral arrangements throughout the school year, including for Valentine’s Day. This sale ends Friday, February 11.

Most of the buyers were teachers, but Prewitt hopes to attract more people from the community to the monthly sales, which are expected to be announced the second week of each month.

“With sales, they have to do something that people are going to be happy with,” Prewitt said. “If people don’t like the arrangement, they won’t buy it anymore. So it’s not just about creating something that (the student) likes, but also something that others would like.

Another project for students is to start a fictional business related to flowers. They will learn about budgeting, pricing, hiring, overhead, production, inventory, profit, and more.

“These are real-world skills that they’re learning,” Prewitt said. “They can do everything from color coordination to planning a wedding.”

While helping students grow, Prewitt also works to expand the Floral Design and Plant Science curriculum. One of the goals is for students to grow the flowers and plants they use in their arrangements through the use of the school greenhouse and an outdoor garden that is being developed.

“I would like us to grow from seed to flower and use them,” Prewitt said. “I think kids would learn a lot from seeing this process.”

For more information about Marble Falls High School’s Floral Design Program or purchasing monthly floral arrangements, email Prewitt at [email protected]

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