Sharks are selling cookies for Valentine’s Day at Ottumwa High School.
For the second year, the OHS Shark Club is selling heart-shaped cookies with personalized messages. The homemade cookies sell for $5 with all proceeds supporting this year’s Shark performance on Saturday, March 3 at 6:30 and 8 p.m. This year’s performance theme is “Sharkies Got Talent – The Water is Our Stage.” “We need lots of props and costumes,” said Klayre Michel, an OHS senior who was girls swim team captain the past two years and has been in Shark Club since its inception three years ago.
Melissa Little, a former bake shop owner, “is donating her time and talent,” said Cherie Langland, a Shark Club coach. “We appreciate it.” Depending on sales volume, Little may recruit some Shark volunteers to help bake, frost, decorate, and package the edible Valentines.
Michel is organizing the Valentine cookie sales. Sales began on January 30 and are already approaching 20 cookies. The six-inch sugar cookie can be personalized with up to 10 words. Shark Club members will turn into cupids during third period on Valentine’s Day when they deliver the cookies to students and staff. Cookies can be purchased for friends, a special someone, or a favorite teacher, said Michel.
This year, 75 swimmers are participating in Shark Club. Swimmers are divided into groups for the annual performance. Practices depend on the group, with coaches available Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday during the season. “They put a lot of time and effort into the performance,” said Michel.
Cookies can be ordered through February 9 from any Shark Club member or coaches, including Cherie Langland, Jenni Keith, Zana Lippincott, or Victoria Rusch. All cookies must be paid for in advance. Students may also order cookies during lunch on February 6 and 8.