Area high schools compete in many ways, from football games to tennis matches, debates to television quiz shows.
Here’s a new one for them to consider: prom flowers. Except in this competition, there are only winners.
For the first time, Connells Maple Lee Flowers & Gifts is returning a percentage of online prom sales to participating area high schools in the form of cash or flowers. For total sales of $2,500 or more, schools will earn 15 percent; for sales below $2,500, they will earn 10 percent.
The schools can use the reimbursed cash or flowers at their discretion.
“It’s not school against school, but we are hoping to generate a little friendly competition among them,” said Greg Royer, president and CEO of family-owned Connells Maple Lee. “If a school registers and records even one online prom sale, it wins. We look forward to seeing which school comes out on top.”
Prom season has begun and continues into early June. Connells Maple Lee has compiled a list of high schools and dates of their proms in the seven counties in which the company operates.
By going to cmlflowers.com/prom, dance-goers can select their school from a drop-down menu and then shop for corsages and boutonnieres.
As of Tuesday, two schools had registered to participate. If a school has not registered, it can do so by having one of its prom organizers contact Jaime Kevles at firstname.lastname@example.org.