The contest is aimed at giving students a way to show their gratitude toward their school.
“We are doing this to show appreciation to the schools. It is something fun to do with the start of the new school year,” said Suzanne Shepherd, director of internal operations at Sparks Florist. “A lot of people have school pride, so it is a good way to show it and with no cost at all.”
Students and school supporters are encouraged to go online at: www.Sparksflorist.com, click on the school appreciation link and fill out the on-line registration form or print off the form and turn it in at your chosen school’s office
“The way it works is all schools are eligible to go online and vote or they can print the ballot off the website,” Shepherd said.
Voting started Sept. 13 and wraps up today. Schools are broken down by enrollment to keep the contest fair.
“All Washoe County schools differ in size so we are going to take the top three highest percentage votes,” Shepherd said.
This is the first year that Sparks Florist is sponsoring a contest like this, but Shepherd would like it to occur at the beginning of every school year. So far, Sparks Florist has received responses from about 60 percent of schools, most of those being elementary level.
“This is a good way for us to get out there in the community to show our thanks to the schools, and every year that we do this contest, we are in hopes that it gets bigger and bigger,” Shepherd said.
As far as middle schools go, Sparks middle school has brought in the most votes, there hasn’t been as many responses for high schools. For elementaries, Elm Crest and Stead elementary are in the running for the most votes casted.
There are already more than 500 votes in and the numbers are climbing. Shepherd said the local business is getting really positive feedback from this contest so far.
Whatever school wins the contest will see each member of its faculty receive an Everbloom Exotic arrangement. The bouquet will be delivered to each and every staff member right at the school. These flowers live underwater making for a longer life span.
Sparks Florist is located at Pyramid and Oddie in Sparks and it also has a state-of-the-art full service Floral Design Center on Hymer way in Sparks.