8th-grader surprises every SAMS student with a personalized candygram
Allison Ai holding candygram

Shaler Area Middle School eighth-grader Allison Ai has been planning this surprise for a year. 

During the week leading up to Valentine’s Day, the middle school student council sells candygrams—a Hershey’s kiss with a personal note attached—to be delivered on Valentine’s Day. After last year’s drive, Allison decided to save up her money throughout the year in order to purchase a candygram for every seventh- and eighth-grade student in the building. 

“I didn’t want anyone to think they weren’t thought of,” she said. 

It took several days for Allison to purchase the more than 630 candygrams and write personal or inspirational messages on each one. On Valentine’s Day morning, the candygrams were delivered and the reception was overwhelmingly positive. 

“It makes me feel happy when other people are happy,” Allison said. 
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