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In a tradition started at the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, Le Roy High School seniors received Jell-O shirts Wednesday morning before going on their class trip. Pictured above are Le Roy High School sniors Austin Gallagher, Trent Sullivan, Ben Pocock and David Gracie who were among the seniors receiving T-shirts.
The shirts were donated by the Le Roy Historical Society and LP Graphics, and it’s the third year shirts were donated to seniors. This year’s group totaled 86 students — those who did not submit a shirt size will be receiving a gift certificate to select a shirt at the Jell-O Museum.
So why Jell-O shirts?
“When COVID hit and the kids weren’t going to have a ‘senior year’, people in Le Roy started to make sure the seniors had a memorable experience,” said Town Historian Lynne Belluscio. “Signs were put in front yards. Baskets of graduation presents were given, so we thought the seniors needed to remember that we’re from the home of Jell-O.”
Le Roy, of course, is well-known as Jell-O’s hometown.
“Last year, the kids got their shirts during Senior Week and we loved the photos of the kids with their shirts,” she continued. “We are really hoping this will be a tradition. And we want to remind folks that the shirts are printed locally at LP Graphics. The kids also received a ‘fast facts about Jell-O’ and a free admission to the Jell-O Gallery.”