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Reading third-grader Rodriguez wins Royer’s Kids Club birthday card contest

Angelisa Rodriguez loves to draw.

“That’s why I figured she’d be perfect for that contest,” said her mother, Tanairi.

Indeed, she was. Angelisa is the winner of this year’s Royer’s Flowers & Gifts Kids Club birthday card design contest.

Angelisa, 7, is entering third grade at Glenside Elementary School in Reading.

Her design, featuring a couple of smiling flowers and the words, “Flowers for your birthday because you’re beautiful,” will adorn the electronic card that kids club members will receive on their birthdays in the coming year.

Angelisa’s prize is a free flower delivery on his next birthday.

The Royer’s Kids Club is free to ages 5 to 12. With parental permission, children may register for the kids club at any Royer’s store or online at royers.com/kidsclub. Kids club benefits include a membership card, online activities, a quarterly e-mail newsletter, contests and in-store events.

Royer’s Kids Club seeking birthday card entries through July 15

They say that it’s better to give than to receive.

But you could do both if you win this year’s Royer’s Kids Club birthday card design contest.

The winning design will adorn the email birthday card that every kids club member receives on his or her special day. The winning artist will receive a free flower delivery on his or her birthday.

The contest is open to kids club members, ages 5 to 12. If you aren’t a kids club member yet, you can register for free at royers.com/kidsclub

To enter the contest, simply download the entry form here, create your design and drop it off at your nearest Royer’s store. The winner will be chosen in late July.

Good luck to everyone!

Introducing a hopeful new coloring page for these uncertain times

The Royer’s Kids Club has offered coloring pages since its earliest days.

But we’ve never had one quite as poignant as the new one you see above. We created it in response to the fear and anxiety that children and even a lot of adults are experiencing in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

This new design shows a strong, vibrant iris rising out of a crack in a sidewalk and the powerful words of Corita Kent (1918-1986), an artist, educator and advocate for social justice.

Those words come from a longer quote: “Love the moment,” Kent said. “Flowers grow out of dark moments. Therefore, each moment is vital. It affects the whole. Life is a succession of such moments and to live each is to succeed.”

For many of us, these are dark moments because of the harm the pandemic has done to people’s health and to the economy. We are fearful for the safety and well-being of ourselves, of our family and friends, of our fellow human beings.

In another quote, Kent noted that there’s a “huge danger” in pretending that awful things don’t happen.

“But you need enough hope to keep going. Flowers grow out of darkness.”

The blue iris, for instance, is sometimes described as symbolizing “faith and hope.” And those are two qualities that will serve us well in the days, weeks and months to come as each of us plays a part in the fight against the pandemic.

For kids club members and their parents alike, we hope you’ll download our “Flowers Grow Out of Dark Moments” coloring page, make it completely your own by coloring it, and give it a place of prominence in your home: refrigerator, window, bedroom wall.

We’d love to see what you come up with and share pictures of your work on our social media pages. Photos can be emailed to marketing@royers.com.

As Corita Kent said, we need hope. Perhaps this simple coloring page, after you’ve brought it to life in your unique way, can be a beacon of hope to you and your family.

Dark moments don’t last. Hope endures.

 

Keep cooped-up children busy with free Royer’s Kids Club activity pages

The coronavirus pandemic already is altering our lives in ways that would have seemed unimaginable just weeks ago.

Instead of going to school, participating in sports or visiting friends, children will be home. And while nothing is better than having the whole family together, it can lead to stressful moments.

Keeping the kids busy is important. The Royer’s Kids Club can help.

We have a bunch of activity pages that can be downloaded for free from our website.

Children can:

  • Give a Royer’s delivery truck a fresh look
  • Decorate the exterior of a Royer’s store for spring
  • Test their sense of direction in a flower maze
  • Challenge their reading skills with a word find

What’s more, we’d love to share some of the completed work on our social media pages. Just take a photo of the page(s) and email them to marketing@royers.com.

We know these are challenging times, but we’ll get through them together. In the meantime, we hope everyone stays healthy and productive.

We look forward to seeing you in person at a future Royer’s Kids Club event.

 

Irish eyes were smiling at St. Patrick’s Day kids club event

It was the top o’ the morning and the afternoon at the March 14 Royer’s Kids Club event.

Children ages 5 to 12 had an opportunity, at 10 a.m. or 2 p.m., to make a special mum character in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. Thanks to everyone who joined us for what is one of our most popular yearly events.

This year’s remaining kids club events are scheduled for June 27, Aug. 15 and Nov. 7.

The best way to stay on top of kids club happenings is to become a kids club member. It’s free and includes a membership card and welcome kit; online activity pages; and our quarterly email newsletter, Buds.

 

 

Royer’s Kids Club celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with free event March 14 in all stores

Mum’s the word at the March 14 Royer’s Kids Club event. Molly O’Mum, that is.

Children ages 5 to 12 will have an opportunity to make their own St. Patrick’s Day mum character, complete with smiling face, shamrock ribbon and green top hat.

Slots are available at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Registration is required by calling your the nearest Royer’s store.

The other remaining 2020 kids club events are June 27, Aug. 15 and Nov. 7.

Design your own bouquet at Jan. 11 Royer’s Kids Club event

A new year, a new Royer’s Kids Club event.

On Jan. 11, children ages 5 to 12 will have an opportunity to choose from a selection of flowers to create their own bouquets.

Time slots are available at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at all Royer’s stores. Registration is required by calling or visiting your nearest store.

This year’s other kids club events are March 14, June 27, Aug. 15 and Nov. 7.

Royer’s Kids Club making patriotic arrangement at Veterans Day event on Nov. 2

The Royer’s Kids Club will salute Veterans Day with a free event on Nov. 2 in all Royer’s Flowers & Gifts stores.

Children ages 5 to 12 will have an opportunity to make a patriotic arrangement (left) that includes an American flag.

Participants also may decorate a coloring page for the annual Holidays for Heroes event, for which Royer’s works in conjunction with the American Red Cross to honor veterans and active military.

Children are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes to the Nov. 2 event.

Time slots are available at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Registration is required by calling the nearest Royer’s store.

She won a Royer’s Kids Club contest in first grade, now Emily Swanger is heading to college

Emily Swanger, left, a former Royer’s Kids Club member, with Candace Oliver, manager of our flagship Lebanon store.

It’s not hard to still see the first grader in Emily Swanger, although she’s much taller now and long ago outgrew her “Cool Chick” T-shirt.

Emily had worn the shirt the last time we photographed her, on the day in November 2007 that Royer’s delivered a bouquet of carnations to her at South Lebanon Elementary School in Lebanon County. The rest of her classmates and teachers each received a carnation.

The special delivery was Emily’s reward for being the grand-prize winner that October during the Royer’s Kids Club’s first birthday party.

Emily, who graduated from Cedar Crest High School this spring, said her mother, Norma, regularly brought her to kids club events, which have always been open to children ages 5 to 12.

“My mom said I wanted to keep coming after I was too old,” Emily quipped.

At Cedar Crest, Emily was nominated for senior of the year and with a classmate took first place in a Future Business Leaders of America competition in the category of hospitality management. This summer she is working at the Jigger Shop in Mount Gretna and interning at Gerhart Financial Services in Lebanon, with a mission trip to Costa Rica in the middle.

In August, Emily will begin her studies at Cairn University near Philadelphia, where she plans to major in business administration and minor in Spanish.

She also made time in July to come by our flagship Lebanon store.

At Royer’s invite, Emily helped to recreate the photo of her with her bouquet that had appeared in the Lebanon Daily News in 2007. This time, Candace Oliver, manager of the Lebanon store, posed with Emily; Candace held a bouquet of carnations while Emily held the newspaper clipping.

With a series of photos taken, Candace gifted the bouquet to Emily.

Along with that, we wish her the best of luck in college.

 

 

Red Lion sixth-grader wins Royer’s Kids Club birthday card design contest

Madalyn Yorgy of Red Lion, York County, is a creative 11-year-old.

“She loves crafts and theater,” said her mother, Rachel. “She loves to sing.”

Madalyn, who will be entering sixth grade, shoots movies, draws and colors adult coloring books.
“You name it,” Rachel said, “and she makes it.”

That experience no doubt contributed to her winning this year’s Royer’s Kids Club birthday card design contest.

Her colored design of flowers and the words, “Bloom: It’s your birthday!,” will be featured on the electronic card that kids club members will receive on their birthdays in the coming year. Madalyn’s prize is a free flower delivery on her next birthday.

The Royer’s Kids Club is free to ages 5 to 12. With parental permission, children may register for the kids club at any Royer’s store or at royers.com/kidsclub. Kids club benefits include a membership card, online activities, a quarterly e-mail newsletter, contests and in-store events.