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 AVAILABLE — Displaying some of the T-shirts available for purchase from the Weir High School Class of 2015 are, front, from left, Loretta Lescallette of Athena’s Closet, Kyle McKitrick, Megan Longwell and Abby Wells; and back, Morganne Baranski, Vanessa Hissam, Kristen Sims, Michael Curtis, Christina Robinson and Bryan Phillips.
"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 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 that reads "Weir Hopeful" on the front.
Bryan Phillips and Michael Curtis are two of the students heading up the project, and they explained many of the school's clubs try to find some way to give back to the community.
They said 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 on Oct. 11. Residents purchasing the shirts are encouraged to wear them to the Oct. 12 game against Catholic Central High School.
For information or to order a shirt, members of the community may contact Ferguson at the high school at (304) 748-7600. Students at Weir Middle, Broadview, Liberty and Weirton Heights elementaries 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.