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Smith: Two good ideas for college tees

  • Chris Smith

I've just heard my new favorite idea regarding printed college T-shirts.

My ex-favorite came from friend Roger Frost, a world traveler and former director of Sonoma Charter School. He advocated that it be illegal to wear a shirt from a college you didn't attend.

Such a law would save folks from the exasperation of walking up to someone wearing a shirt from say, University of Colorado in Boulder, declaring “Go Buffs! When were you last in Old Main?” and having the baffled person glance down at the shirt and reply, “Oh, this. I bought it at a thrift store.”

An even better idea comes from Jenni Klose, the Santa Rosa school board member.

She asks that if you were fortunate enough to go to college, you purchase a printed T-shirt from your alma mater and get it to her. And send along with it a note about your college experience.

Klose wants to boost the likelihood that more students will aspire early on to attend college. Toward that end, she seeks to collect 740 college T-shirts — and notes — and give one to each child who enters the second grade at a Santa Rosa public school this fall.

Donors can hand Klose shirts and notes at any school-board meeting, or mail or deliver them to her at 703 2nd St., No. 310, Santa Rosa 95404.

She suggests size child's large. Room to grow.

SHE'S ALIVE. That's the main thing to Janelle Rossi.

An avid cyclist and third-generation Santa Rosan, Rossi was riding down Pine Flat Road near Healdsburg in July when she crashed, hard.

She was hospitalized with a head injury, shattered elbow, broken collarbone, fractured ribs and other injuries.

Today, Rossi has lost her job and she doesn't yet have full use of her damaged arm. Following her most recent surgery she was back in the hospital with a pulmonary embolism.

But she is so grateful.

“Everyone I've encountered has touched my life and my heart,” she said.

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