FRONTENAC — Frontenac School’s Raider Ink recently printed shirts to support the community and a fellow student.  
Raider Ink is a print design class at Frontenac High School. The class screen prints, makes banners, signs and more for individuals and organizations in the community.
Frontenac High School students Daniel Raio, Hadyn Zacarello, Garen Honeycutt, Charles Schlesnecker and Gage Gillette recently took on two projects to benefit others.
Each student had a job to do to make their efforts possible — create the designs, screen print the shirts, invoice the orders and so on.
Through the Dollar Club, the students are able to purchase t-shirts and sweatshirts. These shirts are then used by Raider Ink to print.
On Monday, the students donated shirts and sweatshirts which say “Fueled by Hope” for people visiting the Lord’s Diner and abuse victims at Safehouse Crisis Center. The students printed up $1,500 worth of t-shirts and sweatshirts.
“It says ‘Fueled by Hope’ with a sproutlette because it’s the imagery of hope fueling the plant, it grows people,” Zacarello said. “I like being part of giving to our community, it makes me feel happy that they get to have something that I was part of and helped create.”
Little did they know they would be kept busy with not only the shirts for the local organizations, but they would also be printing specially made shirts in support of a student in their school.
In the fall, a Frontenac Junior High student Adam Lam fell ill and was diagnosed with leukemia.
Frontenac Technology Educator Eric Gudde, who oversees students in Raider Ink, received a message about Adam’s condition and it was decided that Raider Ink would volunteer to print orange shirts which say “Cancer Picked the Wrong Kid” to benefit Adam and his family.
Gudde said he was originally thinking, “maybe a couple hundred t-shirts” would be printed, however, that was not the case. The community was overwhelmingly supportive of the cause, which created the need to print over 830 shirts in a span of three days.
“It was almost everyone in the whole district [who purchased shirts],” Gudde said. “Families ordered 40 plus shirts, it was just a crazy overwhelming response.”
A few other classes help Raider Ink complete the orders.
“It was all hands on deck … it’s nice to see a different motivator,” Gudde said.
Frontenac Junior High Principal Mike Martin praised the students for their efforts.
“The persistence, the resiliency of the kids in the group to make that happen was remarkable to watch,” he said. “It was up to them, they were in a spot to make a major difference in someone's life.”
— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at spotter@morningsun.net or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.