Preview: Erie’s Own Valentine’s Tradition

Jozlyn Jorgenson, Staff Writer

Love is in the air as Erie High School continues its long standing tradition of Singing Valentines.

“It’s going to spread joy… [and] make people feel like they’re loved and [that] they have friends,” elaborates Thalia Burd, the new Choir teacher coordinating the event. Singing Valentines has been a tradition at Erie for about nine years. They were started by Janay Bird, and are now being carried on by the new Mrs. Burd.

On Thursday, February 13th, eight groups of choir students will go around the school and sing songs and give gifts to students whose friends or lovers bought them a Singing Valentine. Avery Pekny, who is one of those singing, says to expect, “a lot of fun, embarrassing songs.” 

There are two types of Singing Valentines; the pink card and the purple card. The pink card costs $3 and includes a song of your choice and a card. The purple card costs $5 and includes a song of your choice, a card, candy, and flowers. These valentines were sold at lunch and after school to students. 

Whether you want to embarrass your friends, or show your love for a partner, Singing Valentines is for you.


Here are the eight songs you can choose from:

  1. “I Want It That Way” (Backstreet Boys)/ “Want You Back” (The Jackson 5)/ “What Makes You Beautiful” (One Direction)
  2. “Lovebug” (Jonas Brothers)/ “Teenage Dream” (Katy Perry)/ “I Can’t Help Myself” (Four Tops)
  3. “I Want To Hold Your Hand”/ “All I Need Is Love”/ “Oh! Darling” (The Beatles)
  4. “Mirror” (Justin Timberlake)/ “Talk” (Khalid)/ “Yellow Hearts” (Ant Saunders)
  5. “Say You Won’t Let Go” (James Arthur)
  6. “The Longest Time” (Billy Joel)/ “Rhythm of Love” (Plain White T’s)
  7. “Mamma Mia” (Abba)/ “Electric Love” (BØRNS)
  8. “I Want It That Way” (Backstreet Boys)/ “What Makes You Beautiful” (One Direction)