By Yadira Betances
---- — LAWRENCE — By selling T-shirts and cutout red paper sneakers, Lawrence High School students hope to raise money for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings on April 15.
With the help of physical education teachers Tracy Baillargeon and Julia O’Donnell, members of the Business, Math and Finance Community Club and members of the student council in the Math, Science and Technology High School of the Lawrence High School campus set out to raise money for the One Fund.
The white T-shirts are emblazoned with a blue Lancer, the plus sign next to a yellow ribbon and a blue equal sign followed by the words, “Boston Strong.”
“It was supposed to be a fun family event, then all of a sudden, ‘boom.’ It was sad,” Alba Diaz, a member of the Community Club in the Business Management and Finance High School, said of the bombings in which three people died and scores more maimed and injured. In addition to Diaz, other club members are Stephanie Garcia, Shantiel Colon and Jasmine Taveras.
Members of the MST Student Council are Taheena Sanon, Tatyhana Rodriguez, Judy Sok, Judy Pichardo, Naleak Yim and Nicole Chhun.
“I think it’s important for us to get involved and reach out into the community to raise awareness about the issue,” said Sok.
Yim, president of the MST Student Council agreed.
“We’re the future generation and I feel it’s important for us to start teaching other kids now to be generous so they can learn early on,” she said.
Members of the Service Club and Student Council take turns manning the table to sell during school hours.
“They want to show that they care about others who are in pain,” Baillargeon said. “The students are kind-hearted, lovable, have a lot of pride and spirit which should be recognized.”
Yim said Lawrence residents want to help for another reason.
“They know what is like to be at the lowest point, and they are willing to help others so they don’t have to suffer,” Yim said.
People interested in purchasing a T-shirt can contact Tracy Baillargeon at 978-975-2750 ext. 39171 or Julia O’Donnell at 978-975-2750 ext. 39459.