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Advocating For Inclusivity and Support Through Shirts

Bringing awareness to things like disabilities and military services, students of the Rock Ridge School Store embrace unity and empathy through shirts created by the marketing department.
Dayanna Anton
The marketing class created shirts to sell at the school store, The Phoenix Peak to bring awareness to different causes like special needs, or disabilities, as well as children of military family members. k. To accurately represent each cause, students from the marketing class got the chance to partner up with counselor Ashlee Erestain and different programs including the Special Education department.

On May 9, a parade of students emerged sporting a certain kind of spirit wear sold in Rock Ridge’s school store, The Phoenix Peak. This was not a coincidence, but a movement by the store in conjunction with the school to commemorate the initiative “May I Serve.” Rock Ridge’s contribution to the celebration was offering a unique set of attire based around military children and students with disabilities.

A large selection of the shirts promotes positivity and awareness of disabilities in general. One such shirt reads “Break the stigma,” a message about the stereotypes often placed on those with disabilities and their competence to complete jobs of all types.

Another shirt depicts the instantly recognizable Phoenix logo colored royal purple overlaid on an American flag. Purple has long been used as a symbolic color for military children. The school recognized the importance of children in these circumstances and thus created a shirt commemorating them, thanks to school counselor Ashlee Erestain who reached out to the Marketing I class. Numerous students choose to enlist in the armed forces directly or attend one of the many academies around the country. Others are simply children of military families who face the struggle of constant relocation. Nevertheless, the shirt helped promote the school program for everyone related to the military.

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The store has made a tremendous effort to spread the word of the “May I Serve Day” initiative through these shirts, and has covered a great number of the bases that impact both students at Rock Ridge and their parents.

“The awareness helps,” marketing teacher Ben Stodola said. “Every time someone wears it they might be like, ‘Hey what’s this for’ and there’s a different story tied to them.”

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Dayanna Anton
Dayanna Anton, Staff Writer
Dayanna is a sophomore in her first year on staff. In her free time, Dayanna watches videos on YouTube and plays video games. She is very open to playing all types of video games, such as Roblox with her friends. Dayanna is hoping to re-join Key Club again this year. Dayanna is also part of a program called Campus, where she gets to know more about College and all the necessary steps for getting into it once she graduates high school.
Aline Gonzalez
Aline Gonzalez, Staff Writer
Aline is a junior at Rock Ridge High School and this is her second year on staff. Aline joined newspaper because she has a deep passion for journalism and plans to pursue a career in this field. Aline also has an interest in the law field and would also like to become a lawyer. Aline has many hobbies ranging from reading, drawing, painting, to playing video games with her friends and family. She likes to play football in her free time with her friends. Aline looks forward to making lots of new friends this year.
Leif Labianca
Leif Labianca, Staff Writer
Leif Labianca is in his senior year of high school, and is a first year staff writer on The Blaze. Throughout Labiance’s life, music has been a part of it. His earliest memory with music is him listening to and understanding the lyrics, rhythm, melody, and meaning of each song. One lyrical artist that comes to Labiance’s mind first when thinking about music is the American rapper Robert Bryson Hall II, “Logic.” While a frequent consumer of music, Labiance isn’t a critic of it; he enjoys all types of music not just for its rhythm or lyrics, but the message that is underneath the melody as well. Labiance hopes to explore more music during his time in The Blaze.

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