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Jr. High T-Shirt Project Raises Money For Local Charity

A group of Sycamore Junior High School students just raised $500 through the T-Shirt Project for a local charity to help fight the opioid epidemic. 

Eighth graders Claire Gantzer, Ananya Mahavratayajula, Yoshie Vinton, Zoë Bergman, Eleanor Hein teamed up to give back through this project-based learning competition. Seventh and 8th graders competed to see who could sell the most student-designed shirts and give back the most money to their charity of choice.

The group selected Brave Choices, a local non-profit whose mission is to raise awareness and education about the deadly consequences of heroin. Students presented a check to Brave Choices at the Board of Education meeting on December 18. A representative from the organization said the money will be used to provide holiday cheer to those working through heroin addiction.

“We can help the nation by starting right here at home,” said Mahavratayajula. “This entire journey has been amazing and humbling.”  

Earlier in the school year, each language arts class was divided into teams and faced with the task of creating a business and marketing plan and designing a patriotic and Sycamore-themed shirt. They presented their plan and design to a panel of judges representing the University of Cincinnati’s Center for Economics. Gradually through numerous rounds of competition, one team from each grade level was selected to have their shirt desiT-Shirt Project Check Presentation gn made.