Often it’s the simplest ideas that catch like wild fire.
Hien Tran, a parent of a son attending Lord Byng elementary, decided that printing a bunch of Steveston street names on the front of a T-shirt would sell. And sell, they have.
During last weekend’s Steveston Farmers & Artisans Market, more than 80 Steveston Spirit T-shirts were snapped up within a couple of hours.
Tran said he chose street names because for him, the names represent the rich past of the community he has come to love.
“Some have great history …Georgia, Britannia, and then Moncton and Chatham being the only real intersection in Steveston, so that had to be on the list,” he added.
Tran is thrilled the T-shirts have been selling so well.
“It’s been great. It’s not a new idea that’s for sure. It was just a fun side project to have shirts for family and friends,” said Tran, a six-year resident of Steveston. “I had them posted on Instagram and Facebook months back and people wanted to know how to get the shirts.
“That’s when I thought it would be a good fundraising idea for the school. And so did the school PAC (Parent Advisory Council).”
He began by sporting one of his creations while shopping in Steveston and was somewhat surprised at the comments he got.
“I walked into Heringer’s (Old Fashioned Quality Meats) and the owner told me it was great to see a T-shirt about Steveston that didn’t have a whale on it,” he quipped.
The school PAC is hoping to raise enough money to offset costs for school supplies for the upcoming year. In the past, PAC funds have gone towards everything from playground equipment to smartboards. The need is always there, said Dionne McFie, Lord Byng Elementary School PAC president.
The Steveston Spirit T-shirts will be sold on Canada Day at the Trade Show in the Net Shed Building during the 67th Annual Steveston Salmon Festival. For information, email email@example.com.