Frontenac HS students raise money for ill student by selling shirts

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Frontenac students are helping one of their classmates one t-shirt at a time.

Students at Frontenac High School have been selling t-shirts since last fall to help an ill student. But what started out as a small project has turned into a community effort.

Last fall, Adam Lam, a student at Frontenac Junior High was diagnosed with leukemia. As his treatments have taken him out of school, Frontenac school staff thought there must be something they could do to help.

“We had parents and students and teachers that all wanted to do things to help and raise money for him and for his family. We ended up coming up with the idea of shirts, we’ve done that in the past,” says Mike Martin, Principal, Frontenac Jr. High.

And to help make those shirts are the students of Eric Gudde’s technology class. Year round the class fills t-shirt orders, but this order was a little different.

“I volunteered our class to print the t-shirts so our students designed the shirts and then we went through, ordered the shirts, and printed all 846 of them,” says Eric Gudde.

And the most important thing students learned through selling these shirts is to be a helpful member of the community. Gudde says the students were very eager to use their skills to support a fellow raider.

“We see the community rally around one particular need. I think the kids see it. And the most important is they get to see the need and how they can step up and help out,” says Gudde.

During last night’s basketball game, Frontenac schools held an “orange out” to wear their shirts in support of Adam and his family. And this was the largest order of shirts the class has ever done.

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