Students at many Portage County schools took part of Friday afternoon off to celebrate Valentine's Day with cookies, cupcakes, punch, and in some cases _ ice cream.
Second graders in Maxine Butler's class at Tappan Elementary School in Ravenna were treated to punch and yummy ice-cream sundaes _ complete with sprinkles and other goodies _ to complement the ever-traditional event of passing out valentines to friends and classmates.
Students at Walls Elementary School in Kent also took part in Valentine's Day festivities. Children there worked hard to create special valentines to help make the day memorable for area disabled veterans.
At Tappan, before the youngsters played games, arranged by Mrs. Butler's parent volunteers, they got to open the valentines that were placed in the special pink lunch bags decorated by the children with hearts and other valentine-related pictures and sentiments, along with the student's name.
One creative boy, Adam Resnik, passed out very special valentines he created all by himself on a computer. Taped to the valentines were chocolate suckers he also made, "with a little help" from his mom.
He even made a special valentine for his teacher.
His favorite valentine, which was a favorite with many of the other students _ including Taelor Proctor _ was a shiny valentine with Micky and Minnie Mouse on it.
Despite picking a favorite, Adam said he liked all of the valentines he received. In fact, he said opening valentines is his favorite part of the holiday.
"I really like the cards," he said. "I like what they say on them."
Taelor also enjoys receiving valentines. In fact, she said she has all of the ones she received last year at home. "I keep them all," she said.
"I like getting valentines from my friends and from other people," said Katie Lucas who had a hard time picking a favorite valentine.
Megan Walter said her favorite part of Valentine's Day is her grandparents. "They send me a card every year with money in it," she said, with a smile.
Nick Numbers likes to spend the day with his whole family "because they're nice and they love me. I guess that's the whole part of Valentine's Day."