When i was in grade school, we made a big box and decorated it for valentines day. we usually use construction Paper and crepe paper. we though it was beautiful! We bought or made our cards at home. We could buy a book of valentines for about 10cnts. We had to cut all of them out with scissors, but that was fun to us back then. We had to give a valentines to all the kids in our class in school. playing favorites was forbidden. I use to take Valentines to other classes as I had cousins in those classes and had to give them a valentine. My boy cousins, would give me one but I usually got my valentine from them at home. They did not want to be called a sissy by their buddys, if they gave their little cousins one at school.
We would have a party with cupcakes, cookies, a soft drink of some kind and Valentines hearts with sayings on them. We usually had 3 party's a yearHalloweenn, Christmas and Valentines day. Then we had a summer picnic at the end of the school year. These were big events to us kids, as this was pretty much before TV took over our entertainment,