When Altamonte Elementary School held a “College Colors Day,” one University of Tennessee-obsessed student designed his own creative t-shirt. The fourth grader, who didn’t have his own official apparel, pinned a hand-drawn UT logo to an orange tee.

Altamonte teacher Laura Snyder wrote on her Facebook page, “When the day finally arrived, he was SO EXCITED to show me his shirt.” Snyder added, “I was impressed that he took it one step further to make his own label.”

While his teacher was impressed with the boy’s imaginative awesomeness, some of his peers were not. Snyder wrote, “After lunch, he came back to my room, put his head on on his desk and was crying. Some girls at the lunch table next to his (who didn’t even participate in college colors day) had made fun of his sign that he had attached to his shirt.” She added that he was “devastated” by the act.

Snyder shared her plans to get the student his very own UT shirt, but she wasn’t the only one who wanted to help. When staff from the University of Tennessee heard about fourth grader, they reached out to the teacher and sent the boy a super-sized care package.

The story doesn’t end there. Not only did the University of Tennessee send plenty of merch to the boy and his classmates, but the school also turned the fourth grader’s hand-drawn design into a real shirt. A portion of the profits from the shirt, which is currently in pre-order status on the University of Tennessee’s Vol Shop website, will go to the non-profit, STOMP Out Bullying.

—Erica Loop

Featured photo: University of Tennessee



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