CRANFORD, NJ – An idea that began as a way for a Pat Gorman’s Advanced Graphics class to show their patriotism, currently has grown into a project that raises funds for those who protect our freedom.

According to Gorman, his class last year was very patriotic so the designed a t-shirt for themselves, once the shirt was seen by other students, they began to inquire where they could buy one. The class raised $500 and searched for a patriotic organization to donate the funds to. After researching, they decided on the Gary Sinise Foundation, which builds custom homes for disabled veterans.

This year Gorman made it a class project, all of the students submitted a design for the “Proud American T-Shirt”, those designs were voted on by the class as well as faculty and this year’s winner was Mary Rose Thompson. Thompson, a senior in the class is “a very talented designer,” said Gorman.

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The class set a fundraising goal of $1,500, so they began to sell the t-shirts immediately to the school as well as in the community. Gorman said, “We exceeded our goal and raised $2,000.00.”

Another project the class did this year was the memory project, the students are given prints of orphans from around the world and we recreate those using digital media. “I have been doing this project for a few years with a lot of success,” Said Gorman.

The foundation’s mission, according to its website is:
At the Gary Sinise Foundation, we serve our nation by honoring our defenders, veterans, first responders, their families, and those in need. We do this by creating and supporting unique programs designed to entertain, educate, inspire, strengthen, and build communities.