Southeast students wear support on their sleeves

By Diane Smith | Staff Writer Published:

A group of honor students at Southeast High School is selling t-shirts to honor one of their own.

The t-shirts are being sold to benefit Adam Jenkins, a social studies teacher who had been fighting cancer.

The Southeast chapter of the National Honor Society sold the shirts as a group project. Students sold 187 shirts to help Jenkins with his medical expenses.

Teacher Nannette Tavares, adviser to the National Honor Society, said students were encouraged to wear the shirts Friday in honor of "Support Jenkins Day."

Dakota LaPorte, a senior at Southeast, said Jenkins has been his teacher for three of his years at Southeast.

"He's a part of our school family," he said. "We think he needs the support of the Southeast community. And a lot of us know people who have had cancer, so it's something everybody can relate to."

Jenkins returned to school after the Christmas break after more than three months off to receive cancer treatment. It is his seventh year as a teacher at Southeast.

He said he was diagnosed last spring and started treatment in September. The Minerva resident said it's too soon to tell whether he's cancer- free, but says he's "cautiously optimistic" the treatment worked.

"I think it's indicative of the kind of community we have at Southeast," he said. "The kids have been great and everybody has been very supportive."

The shirts were made by Sports Express in Ravenna, and prepaid orders may be made by Jan. 15 by calling Tavares at 330-654-5841.

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