COLUMBUS – Students across the Columbus area sported orange shirts earlier this week, in an effort raise awareness of dating violence.
Center for Survivors’ Revolution Coordinator Abbie Tessendorf says thanks to a special deal through the Columbus business SpecialTee, the group was able to provide 900 t-shirts to students at Columbus’ three high schools. The project was initially started by Savannah Wolfe 2 years ago, when she used a youth philanthropy grant to buy the orange t-shirts for Columbus High students, says Tessendorf.
“Well when we got all these shirts we really wanted to do it in our whole community, and all three principals from all three schools jumped on board. They were really excited to take part. So we provided shirts for anybody at Lakeview and anybody at Scotus who wanted to take part. And then we gave all the rest to Columbus High, which was the largest amount, but they also have the biggest school,” says Tessendorf.
Revolution Member Maddie Hogeland says, “This is for teen dating violence awareness month, and it’s the whole month of February, and Revolution as a group is just trying to raise awareness for domestic violence and unhealthy relationships.”
Revolution Member Marina Jimenez says, “I think that it does have a huge impact. Students have always kind of relied on their friends for information and that’s when teens come into consideration. We all just kind of help each other, and this is where they can come to a trusted friend instead of an adult.”
Revolution Member Blair Stuthman says, “I think after seeing all these orange t-shirts, and we handed out flyers. I think they’ll kind of get the point that there are some unhealthy tips to look for. And sometimes they don’t really see those tips in themselves or in their friends. So i think seeing those tips will definitely help them in their relationships and help their friends also.”
Tessendorf says she is not sure if they will do the project at the same scale next year, but hopes it is something they can continue to do in the future.