Valley Students are Vegas Strong


In the face of overwhelming tragedy, some of our valley’s most innocent opened up their hearts to help.

The day after the One October shooting, students at Tarkanian Middle School felt scared and confused. They turned to their teachers to help.

Just hours after the tragic event, these middle-schoolers made cards for first responders and brainstormed ideas of how to help our community heal.

They decided to make Vegas Strong t-shirts to donate the money they raised to help the victims.

Within 48 hours, a local t-shirt company had their shirts printed, and students were selling them on campus before and after school, and during lunch.

As they sold shirts, they hatched a second element to their plan of philanthropy – have the money they raised, matched!

They reached out to Zappos, and Tony Hsieh was immediately on board.

Tarkanian Middle School raised over $2,500 selling shirts. Over $5,000 goes directly to help those impacted by the One October shooting.

8th grader McKenna DeMarce said, “I feel like I really made a difference, and I like seeing people wearing Vegas Strong t-shirts because I feel like we’re all one now and we got through it together.”

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