Creating school spirit
LMS students use T-shirt-making to build peer camaraderie
School spirit is something that eighth-grader Erin Sullivan doesn't want to forget about from her days at Lansing Middle School.
So when it came time for the annual spirit T-shirt-making event put on by the Lansing Lions Booster Club, she knew she had to participate.
With a red marker in hand, Sullivan, 13, went to work on the paw print that would set the theme for her shirt, which would later read "LMS Alumnus."
"This is my last year here, so I wanted something to remember my middle school days with," she said.
While she's never made her own T-shirt before, Sullivan said she plans to wear this first one as much as possible because her design says something about who she is as a person.
"I like to think of the lion as everybody's idol because it's so brave and elegant," she said.
That kind of school sprit is exactly what Sue Daze, vice-president of the LMS Booster division, hoped for when she began planning the event.
This year about 118 LMS students showed up to make their own free spirit shirt. The commons area of the school was filled with laughter and talking as students used markers and stencils as the tools to express their creativity.
Sayings such as "Go Lions" and "Lion Pride" were traced across numerous white shirts that were provided to the students by the booster club. Students also enjoyed drinks and snacks that were donated by the 18 parent volunteers helping out with the event.
"We just want to boost school spirit. That's the booster club's mission," Daze said.
In addition to getting together for a little after-school fun with friends, Daze said that the school sprit shown through the T-shirts helped build a stronger camaraderie and school unity.
Summer Laughlin, 12, attended the event because she thought it would be fun. She said she considered herself an artistic person and looked at the T-shirt as another way to express herself.
For Michael Dinks, 12, his T-shirt gave him the chance to show off his love of basketball with "Ballin' Mike" written in across the front. He too said he came to the event because he thought it would be fun and was happy to find that his prediction was correct.