“Sub Debs had fundraisers for breast cancer and I felt that as a student body we needed to do something for her,” he explained. Working with the student council, he aimed to have shirts worn during homecoming – which Minnick has helped with for many years.
And the shirts “just took off,” he added. “Everybody wanted the shirt.”
The shirts are blue to match the dark blue that is associated with colon cancer awareness. Students, faculty and staff bought them both to show their support and contribute funds to help cover Minnick’s medical costs. Many wore them for homecoming, when they were also sold alongside Sub Debs’ pink breast cancer awareness shirts.
After homecoming, the shirt sales raised about $240, according to Myles. The shirts are still available through Creative Promotions at 506 North St. and students and staff wear them periodically on days announced beforehand over the school intercom. They were slated to wear the shirts again today.
“We have such a strong, tight-knit school community that really looks out for each other,” said Jones, who had his “Team Minnick” shirt in his office Thursday in preparation for today. “It tells a lot about [students’] leadership to take things on to help others.
“She’s a very important part of our staff and we think about her a lot,” he added.
Word has gotten back to Minnick about the T-shirts. And they’re doing just what Myles intended them to do.
“She was honored because during homecoming night, that was Kasia’s thing. She was always in charge and running it for student council,” said Myles’ mother Shantel Cuppy, a close friend of Minnick’s. “To have students support her, that’s powerful for her. And she feels the love, I can tell you that.”
Sarah Einselen is news editor at the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 574-732-5151. Twitter: @PharosSME