Over lunch period, Logansport teenager Myles Gilsinger used to pull small pranks on his mother’s friend, Logansport High School teacher Kasia Minnick – like hiding the chair she habitually took while having lunch with friends in the school nurse’s office. She’d laugh at him, he recalled.
These days, though, he’s focused his energy on a fundraising and support effort for Minnick.
Myles, 17, and members of LHS’s Student Council recently began selling royal blue T-shirts emblazoned with “Team Minnick” on the back in support of the longtime Logansport government teacher, who was recently diagnosed with a serious form of colon cancer.
LHS Principal Matt Jones recalled going to each of Minnick’s classes Sept. 17 to inform her students of the diagnosis. Jones described Minnick as one of the seniors’ favorite teachers.
Although Myles hadn’t had Minnick as a teacher, she’s a family friend, he said. And when she began taking days off of teaching, “we knew something was wrong,” he recalled.
He and other students had suspected cancer.
“You put pieces together and you figure out this might be a possibility ... you honestly don’t want to accept it because it’s someone you care about,” said Myles.
A 1993 graduate of LHS, Minnick began her 17th year teaching at her alma mater this fall. She has sponsored the school’s student council, according to Jones, and was involved with many of the council’s projects, including homecoming. She also participated on LHS’s school improvement team and formerly coached girls’ golf.
After her diagnosis, “her first concern with Mr. Jones and I was her students,” said assistant principal Lindsey Hagerty. “Even from home, she’s still up to date on where her students stand.”
Myles wanted to find some way to support Minnick, and with his mother hit on the idea of making T-shirts.