CORRECTION: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that the winning design was Preston Hanson's. The winning design was Ellesen Laumb's.
If you saw someone in Dickinson wearing a grey "Stronger Together" t-shirt and wondered where it came from, keep reading. If you like hearing about the ways our students give back to their community, keep reading. If you like seeing front-line workers be recognized for the important services they're providing during the pandemic, keep reading.
The 6th grade students in Kathryn Mavity's homeroom brainstormed ways to show their appreciation to front-line workers when the COVID-19 pandemic first broke out and came up with the idea to gift the workers t-shirts they designed.
Students Preston Hanson, Hailey Proctor, Schayla Hansen and Ellesen Laumb submitted t-shirt designs.
"We just wanted to do something nice for the community and make sure that the front-line workers would know that we're supporting them and we see what they do. It was just to make sure that they know that we're thinking of them and that we appreciate all that they do for us," said Ellesen.
The school's faculty and staff voted on a winning design. Ellesen's design, which has the words "Stronger Together" on the front and a Helen Keller quote on the back, was chosen. Next, Mavity contacted Logo Magic who agreed to print the t-shirts. For every two t-shirts purchased, a t-shirt was made for a front-line worker.
Teachers, staff, students and community members purchased a total of 97 t-shirts, giving the students 50 t-shirts to provide to front-line workers in Dickinson.
The students had made a list of people they wanted to give a t-shirt to: staff at CHI St. Alexius, policemen, grocery and gas station clerks, postal workers, sanitation workers, lunchroom staff and janitors.
Tuesday, the students met at CHI St. Alexius to deliver t-shirts to staff then made their way to other businesses throughout town to do the same.
Ellesen arrived at the hospital with her mom to meet some of the workers who received their t-shirts.
"I feel really happy. I feel like we've accomplished something and I feel like the front-line workers and those we are giving them to will feel very proud of what they do and will appreciate that someone thinks of them," she said.
Preston was also happy to distribute the shirts and Hailey thought they could also help people with COVID-19 feel that people care about them and their illness.
"Dickinson Middle School is home to compassionate students and staff and the community of Dickinson is always willing to help out a worthy cause," Mavity said.