Bear Blooms is green therapy for students
by Trinity Gruenberg
Green therapy was the description given by a student about the Bear Blooms floral class and entrepreneur club.
Art Teacher Michelle Olson has an extensive background as a florist, beginning by working in a flower shop when she was a sophomore in high school. She even owned her own floral business in Henning.
“It’s a skill not many people have anymore,” explained Olson.
Whether it’s for personal use, or to work in the field, it’s a handy skill to have.
Student Katie Kern used her skills for an FFA floriculture competition and scored 96/100, a near-perfect score.
“I used a lot of skill from this class for that,” said Kern.
When Olson was hired as the art teacher at the Bertha-Hewitt School, the administration suggested she could have a floral design class. She was sold on the idea.
Olson began teaching floral design last year, selecting students with leadership and other skills the class would be a good fit for, opening it up to high schoolers. . .