Redeeming a Sweet Tradition

Ellie Meinershagen

Ellie Meinershagen, a student at Reedy High School in Frisco, has created a video to promote her idea to revive the gifting of a real chrysanthemum to one’s homecoming date. Over the years, the tradition of giving a simple flower has morphed into a “mum” which is a Texas-sized creation including a flower, real or artificial, smothered by pounds of ribbons, trinkets, glitter and baubles, and even stuffed animals, lights or sound systems. Nowadays, homecoming “mums” can easily cost $100 to $200 or more and be four
feet in length.

Meinershagen’s Reedy Mum Challenge video promotes her idea to help celebrate Reedy’s Homecoming by bringing back the classic mum in the form of a simple flower and help shift some of the money that might otherwise be spent toward a charitable cause.

For a $50 donation, a Reedy student can get a real mum or garter for his or her Homecoming date. That student is entered into a raffle for the chance to win free homecoming tickets and gift certificates. The balance of money collected goes to help a charity in the community.

Watch the video at YouTube.com/watch?v=xSEmqN-HN78.

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