B-UMS students design custom floral arrangements for nursing home


BUCKHANNON — Mother’s Day is just around the corner and several Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School students found a heartwarming way to show thanks to some local mothers who need it most.

Jordan Peters, Career Exploration teacher at B-UMS, organized a wonderful, hands-on activity for her students studying the Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources career cluster. Partnering with Casey Hall, B-UMS alumna and owner of Country Blooms in Philippi, Peters and her Career Exploration students cut and designed 50 beautiful floral arrangements. These 50 bouquets of flowers were delivered to Holbrook Healthcare Center on Friday along with hand-written cards wishing residents a Happy Mother’s Day.

Students learned about multiple levels of floral design, while they also learned to identify several flower types, as well as their uses. Peters explained, “We used leather leaf ferns, baby’s breath, wax flowers, carnations, asters, daisies and eucalyptus—pretty much each arrangement was unique.”

COVID-19 has had an enormous impact on nursing homes and their residents throughout the past year. As many will be spending their Mother’s Day apart from their loved ones, Peters and her students wanted to help lift their spirits and show them love and appreciation. Peters added, “I wanted to do something for the community, while also being able to learn.”

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