There’s a Crush for everyone

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Some of the members of the Gay Straight Alliance gathered this Valentine’s week to build excitement about their Crush pop fundraiser, a special way for friends, secret crushes and loved ones to express their feelings for other students. Pictured (from left) are Sophia Valley, Madison White, Ava Longstreth, Maci Dalton, Shayla Trautsch, MiKayla Thomas, Katrina Rodenberg and Amy Foster. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Having a crush is a big deal for anyone in high school, especially around Valentine’s Day. The Gay Straight Alliance at Prairie du Chien High School is making sure students have the proper means to spread the love, in a cheeky way, to their friends, secret crushes or special sweethearts. 

The organization sponsored a first-of-its-kind Crush pop fundraiser over the past week as something fun to do for Valentine’s Day, simply to increase awareness about the group and to advocate for diversity and inclusion. The premise is that, from orange to grape to strawberry, there’s a crush for everyone. 

For just $1, students could purchase an orange Crush for a friend, a grape Crush as a “guess who” gift for a lucky recipient and/or a strawberry Crush representing love for their sweetheart or “crush.” Each pop purchased is being delivered at the end of the school day on Valentine’s Day, along with a short message for the recipient.

GSA Club Advisers Adrienne Udelhoven and Heather DeBruin said the GSA students were doing well promoting and selling the Crushes. Club members came up with the idea, created and hung posters around the school and walked around during lunch time selling them. 

The club is anxious to see which color of Crush will sell out the most. There were a number of friends turning in their order forms Monday.

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