A sweet serenade

Valentine’s Day was sprinkled with a healthy dose of snow in northern Iowa, but that didn’t stop the strong voices of the Webster City High School vocal students who delivered a little sunshine with a song and Valentine.

The annual Singing Valentine project, a fund raiser for the Music Boosters, allows area residents to order a serenade for someone special which the students deliver with candy, a flower and a handmade card.

“Singing Valentines is a fun day and great for the community and the high schoolers involved,” said Andrew Wotherspoon, high school vocal music instructor. His group of students, dressed in reds, pinks and blacks, made their way around the community despite the snowy conditions to serenade many recipients.

“We had a record number of requests this year. The previous record was 150,” he said. “This year we had more than 240 in person Singing Valentines.”

That total didn’t include the many Singing Valentines delivered via the phone line, a new service offered this year. Wotherspoon said many people with distant relatives and friends chose that option.

There were six different groups of students who delivered the songs in the community and the groups were singing from about 8 a.m. until school was out at 3:15 p.m. Teachers and parent volunteers chauffered the students from stop to stop. Recipients varied from business people to other students and even teachers at the district’s schools.

The students were enjoying themselves Friday, not only because they were out of school for the day, but also because of the joy they saw in the recipients faces.

“It’s fun to go around town and sing to people,” said Lauren Leman.

“You get to see people happy because they get a flower from someone who loves them,” said Cortney Carter.