Nonnewaug High students distribute flowers, smiles

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Nonnewaug High students distribute flowers, smiles



Theresa Caparella of Thomaston said she was overwhelmed with joy after receiving two flower bouquets from Nonnewaug High School students Wednesday morning in Woodbury


Nonnewaug agriscience student Julia Nielsen gets set to spread the joy of flowers on Wednesday morning in Woodbury.


Floren Schertzer, right, of Southbury, receives flowers from Nonnewaug agriscience student Hannah Kostka at Dotties Diner in Woodbury on Wednesday. 


Pat Lugen of Southbury accepts a flower from Nonnewaug Highs Jordan Sellner at Aylas Bagels in Woodbury on Wednesday.


WOODBURY — Nonnewaug High School agriscience students spent part of Wednesday handing out flowers around town as part of “Petal it Forward,” a national movement inspired by the joy people get when they give and/or receive flowers.

The students began the day at Dottie’s Diner in Woodbury, greeting unsuspecting customers and handing them two bouquets – the first to keep to experience the joy of receiving flowers, while the second was to give to someone else to experience the joy of giving flowers.

“People have been very grateful and they all had a smile on their face,” said student Hanna Kostka. “The idea is to spread it forward. They get to keep one to keep themselves happy and if they give the other to somebody else then they’ll be spreading happiness.”

Theresa Caparella of Thomaston was enjoying breakfast at Dottie’s when she was approached by students bearing flowers, offering well wishes and wearing bright smiles underneath face masks. Caparella said she was overwhelmed with joy at the unexpected gift and said she planned to give the second bouquet to one of her daughters.

The students, all juniors and seniors in the school’s greenhouse class, also handed out flowers at LaBonne’s Market, Ayla’s Bagels, Nick’s Kitchen and the Bethlehem Tru-Valu Hardware Store.

The annual goodwill initiative was started back in 2015 by the Society of American Florists and takes place throughout the month of October.