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My school has done "candy grams", where you pay a dollar to give someone a piece of candy with a note on it for the holidays. People who didn't get any felt left out, but not many people actually exchanged them. Also in my elementary school, you got the option to bring valentines (which almost everyone did), but the rule was that you had to bring one for everyone in the class, which was a pretty useful system that made sure everyone got an equal number of valentines. However, Cupid Day was very exclusive and I was proud of Sam when she sent all those roses to Juliet on Cupid Day.
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I had actually never heard about Cupid Day until this book. In elementary school for Valentine's day, kids brought in decorated boxes and every kid was given a card from everyone, so no one felt left out. I agree with Shelle that Cupid Day does seem to be a way to distinguish between those considered popular and those with few friends, which I imagine was not what administrators intended when they decided to do it.
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My school did a carnation thing. Didn't have to be romantic but anyone could pay for their lover or friend and the school committee would deliver it to the individual's homeroom. It was nice but I suppose for those who didn't get anything, it'd be a little sad. It's definitely a bit more private this way than over the speakers.
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In middle school we sent lollipops to each other, and at the time I didn't think much about how it could hurt everyone else. In high school, we were allowed to carry the things our valentines gave us, but nothing was delivered that I remember.
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We didn't have these traditions, it was an odd concept for me.
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