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Kids say what love is on Valentine's Day

Top row, Jackson Francis,7, Jordan Wheeler, 5, and Raheem Taylor-Parkes, 10. Bottom row, Jacob Berger, 11, Taylor Jordan Dedmen, 8, and Sydney Laymon, 5.

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Top row, Jackson Francis,7, Jordan Wheeler, 5, and Raheem Taylor-Parkes, 10. Bottom row, Jacob Berger, 11, Taylor Jordan Dedmen, 8, and Sydney Laymon, 5.

Valentine's Day is supposed to be a celebration of love and honesty, and where can you find more love and honesty than in a room full of elementary school students? We sat down with some of Seven Oaks Elementary School's best and brightest for a refreshing chat on a holiday that is often based on consumption instead of caring. Here are their insights.

Raheem Taylor-Parkes, 10, fifth grade

What is Valentine's Day all about?

Caring for your friends and showing love and respect for them. It's also thanking your friends for being there when you're down. It's also about love and all that sort of stuff.

Why do we celebrate Valentine's Day?

To show people that you care for them and you love them, no matter what.

What does love mean to you?

It means to have someone in your heart and in your soul.

Jordan Wheeler, 5, kindergarten

What does Valentine's Day mean to you?

It means to me how everyone loves each other. They can celebrate it because they have lots of care for everyone that's in their hearts.

What do you think of when you think of Valentine's Day?

Everyone being together and loving each other and not fighting and not being mean to everyone.

Who is your favorite couple?

My aunt and uncle. Sometimes they fight, but they always just push their fightness away and go on to loving each other again.

Jackson Francis, 7, second grade

What is Valentine's Day?

A day that you reveal who you have a crush on.

Do you have a valentine?

Not right now, I'm working on it.

What are your Valentine's Day plans?

I'm going to hug my parents a lot and tell them how much I love them. They're probably going to be really nice to me and let me go outside a lot and let me play video games a lot.

Jacob Berger, 11, fifth grade

What does Valentine's day make you think of?

Candy and love. Cupid.

What does love mean to you?

That you care about someone and you will be there no matter what.

How can someone tell when they're in love?

When they're always around them, cheering them up when they're down, giving them positive thoughts.

Taylor Jordan Dedmen, 8, third grade

What does Valentine's Day mean to you?

Loving and showing respect and also sharing. Sharing is when someone has something that you really want to play with and the person lets you play with the toy.

How can someone tell when they're in love?

If they like sharing with a person. If someone falls they can tell a teacher so they can go to the clinic.

Who is your favorite couple?

My mom's boyfriend's two nieces. Even if they fight sometimes, they're still my favorite couple. They always share and help out each other.

Sydney Laymon, 5, kindergarten

What are you doing on Valentine's Day

Mommy and me, we're going to bake cookies for Valentines Day. And cake I think.

What does love mean to you?

I don't know.

Helen Anne Travis can be reached at or (813) 435-7312.

Kids say what love is on Valentine's Day 02/13/09 [Last modified: Friday, February 13, 2009 10:40pm]
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