Story by Staff Writer Andrew Magyar
Graphics By Andrew Magyar
The Blazer Effect: “(n). The continuing and spreading of kindness and support to each individual inside the Timberline Community,” is printed on the back of each of the hundreds of plain white t-shirts handed out to students over the past few weeks. The shirts were given out prior to Timberline’s first pep assembly this year to commence the announcement of this year’s schoolwide theme: The Blazer Effect. ASB Public Relations Officer Cedric Maser was involved in the creation of these new shirts. “We wanted to make Timberline feel like a community,” said Maser. “We wanted to give all the students the same thing, to make everyone feel involved.”
Bringing Timberline students and staff together has often been a mission for school leadership, and these new t-shirts are taking on that role. Leadership encouraged Blazers to wear the shirts during the first assembly, as well as every other Wednesday afterwards. “At the assembly, the turnout was fantastic,” said Maser. “We saw a bunch of white shirts, and that was exactly what we were hoping to see.”
A display of school spirit on such a large scale is not unique to Timberline, however, there have been some doubts regarding effectiveness of the shirts. “My middle school tried to do something similar but they didn’t promote it enough,” said freshman Aidan Cobey. “It’s a pretty cool concept but the t-shirt itself isn’t really a solution to the problem,” said senior Brayden Gordon.
Is a Wednesday’s wardrobe change enough to bring Timberline the community together?
“I feel like it’s gonna be a small build,” said Maser. “But once people realize that, this is what we do, this is our community, and we’re all a part of this, then it’ll pick up, and we’ll see more white shirts.”
“We want people to see the Blazer Effect through the shirts and through the actions of our students,” said Maser.
Those who have not received their Blazer Effect shirt should check in with Mrs. Belisle in Room 202.