WEIRTON - Many local students find ways to give back to their communities through their clubs, sports teams or other organizations, either volunteering their time or holding fundraisers.
This year, members of the Weir High School Class of 2015 have come up with a way to spread school spirit and help others at the same time.
Since the beginning of the school year, the students have been coming up with themes and selling T-shirts to show school pride.
T-SHIRTS — Displaying some of the T-shirts available for purchase are, in front from left, Loretta Lescallette of Athena’s Closet, Kyle McKitrick, Megan Longwell, and Abby Wells, and in back, Morganne Baranski, Vanessa Hissam, Kristen Sims, Michael Curtis, Christina Robinson and Bryan Phillips. -- Craig Howell
"Each week, we have a different theme," explained sponsor Donna Ferguson, who said the work has been completely student driven.
With October approaching, the class wanted to use the shirt sales to give back to the community, especially with the observation of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
With that in mind, they currently are selling special breast cancer awareness T-shirts, for $5 each, with proceeds going to Athena's Closet. The black shirts feature a pink ribbon and lettering which reads "Weir Hopeful" on the front.
The shirts will be available until Oct. 3. For more information, contact Donna Ferguson at Weir High School by calling (304) 748-7600. Shirts will be delivered Oct. 11.
Bryan Phillips and Michael Curtis are two of the students heading up the project, and explained many of the school's clubs try to find some way to give back to the community.
They explained they got the idea from seeing other schools selling spirit shirts for football games, and also wanted to find a way to contribute to a local charitable organization.
Loretta Lescallette, a founding member of Athena's Closet, said the organization is thrilled to receive the contribution from the students.
Athena's Closet was founded in the memory of Athena Ameredes, who died following a bout with cancer. The organization raises money to assist cancer patients with many of the expenses not normally covered by insurance.
"The money we receive does stay locally," she said.
The "Weir Hopeful" shirts are available until Oct. 3, and will be delivered Oct. 11. Residents purchasing the shirts are encouraged to wear them to the Oct. 12 game against Steubenville Catholic Central.
For more information, or to order a shirt, members of the community may contact Ferguson at the high school by calling (304) 748-7600. Students at Weir Middle, Broadview, Liberty and Weirton Heights Elementary also may purchase the shirts through their schools.
The purchase of other spirit shirts this year will benefit the Class of 2015's prom and class dinner.
(Howell can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org)