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The power of flowers

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Booker High School sophomore Toby Jaffee, 16, passed out 91 carnations on Valentine's Day.
by: Whitney Elfstrom Staff Writer

Toby Jaffee wanted to make everyone feel wanted.

So Jaffee bought 91 carnations and handed them out to classmates at Booker High on Valentine’s Day. It’s the second year the sophomore saved up for the surprise.

The flowers were passed out by the Key Club, with Jaffee intending to stay behind the scenes. Still, word got out.

“I really wanted to make other people feel less alone,” Jaffee said. “Most of the time I feel pretty alone, and I didn’t want others to feel that way, especially on such a special day.”

I’m the Sarasota community reporter, which means I cover the people, places and things of Sarasota. I graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a degree in journalism and digital communication and a minor in English. 

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