Amongst the impressive list of the "35 Under 35 Top Florists" in the nation is none other than Gridley High's Ag Teacher Jenny Kaslin who is in her third year teaching the Ag Department's Career and Technical Pathway Academy Floral class.
Nominated by former student Julia Hall's mother Vickie Harrison, herself a florist, who stated, "She is making leaps and bounds teaching hundreds of young people how to create in the floral industry, sharing her passion of flowers to keep the industry alive. I am amazed at the work she and her high school classes are doing," Kaslin is a natural in her great personality and love for creating.
Having visited this class the past two school years, it is always fun to see the beautiful arrangements and Friday was no exception as the class was once again preparing for an upcoming wedding with sunflowers galore amongst other colorful flowers.
In their third week of school, the floral class already has six weddings scheduled for this year compared to last year when they did eight the whole year. They are booked for flowers for a Yuba City bank dinner in October and will compete in FFA Field Days at Shasta College in October, followed by Chico State, UCD Davis and Fresno State - hopefully to be followed by Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo.
Floral club memberships are what keep this class going and currently they have 39 with a goal of 50. Members can order a beautiful arrangement created by students simply by calling 846-4791 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Floral Club is just $27 a month thru June with arrangements prepared for holidays such as Valentines Day, Easter and Mother's Day. Non members can order an arrangement with two days notice for just $30.
Arrangements can be purchased at the main office and anyone can come purchase what is there or call and order in advance just by suggesting a dollar amount to be spent.
At least five maybe seven former students have gone on to work in floral shops and students such as Hall enjoy coming back to help Kaslin in the classroom.
New this year is the addition of the Advanced Floral Class for those who have had the Introductory class where they can obtain more credits.
The class has 72 students in the fall program this year and the membership income provides flowers for more students to work on.
Kaslin is a natural for this class and certainly deserves national recognition as she and her classes bring beauty to so many while learning at the same time.