A One-of-a-Kind Gift

Writing Club Sells Personalized Poetry

Priscilla Ng

Staff Writer

    Writing Club accepted pre-orders for its  Pre-Valentine’s Day fundraiser during the week of January 27 to the 31.

    The club sold personalized poems, that could be purchased with either a decorative bottle filled with dyed sand for $1.00 or a handmade paper flower for $1.50.

    “I heard about the Writing Club fundraiser through Facebook posts and fliers as well as the poster they had at the front of SAC, which was something I could see every day from my locker,” senior Lucy Huang said. “Writing Club is a new club this year, so I wanted to show my support during their first fundraising week.”

     Along with effective advertising, the Writing Club officers also had a reason for why they wanted to do a fundraiser with customized products.

    “I love the products that other clubs and classes sell during Valentine’s Day, but incorporating poetry was really important to me,” president and junior Julia Jen said. “As a writing club, I would like our club to incorporate some writing into everything we do.”

    Students agree and appreciate the effort that the officers are putting into creating each individual product.

     One of the items the Writing Club sold uses the timeless idea of a message in a bottle. Both the flowers and bottles will be delivered on Thursday, February 13 during fourth period. “The most satisfying part of selling the bottles and roses was when people would come up to the window and remark on how cute our items were,” Jen said. PC: Disha Dubey
One of the items the Writing Club sold uses the timeless idea of a message in a bottle. Both the flowers and bottles will be delivered on Thursday, February 13 during fourth period. “The most satisfying part of selling the bottles and roses was when people would come up to the window and remark on how cute our items were,” Jen said. PC: Disha Dubey

    “I really liked the idea of a personal poem and think it’s a unique and clever idea,” Huang said. “And this gift will last longer than chocolate and flowers.”

    In order to write the personalized poems, the Writing Club came up with a method to make each poem as tailored to the individuals as possible.

    “Basically, the customized poems will be written by my officers and me, based on prompts and descriptions provided by the customers,” Jen said. “Most people wrote down lists of adjectives, so we’ll do our best to incorporate as many as possible into the poems. I would love to allow senders the option to write their own poems next year, too.”

    Because the fundraiser allowed for more freedom and room to customize, senders were able to buy the items for virtually anyone.

    “I personally enjoy giving gifts on Valentine’s day, I just don’t believe they have to be romantic in nature or an obligation,” Huang said. “I give gifts because I like to make others happy and I want to show the important people in my life how much they matter to me.”

    With one fundraiser behind them, the Writing Club is already planning ahead for possible future events for their members.

     “Our next project is a book making event, during which everyone is invited to join us in making children’s books to be donated to Washington Hospital!” vice president and junior Disha Dubey said. “Fundraisers help us in achieving our ultimate goal, sharing our love for writing, by allowing us to host events and contests.”

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