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Leadership Lamar County's 'REACH' t-shirts go on sale this weekend

With the Red River Valley Down Syndrome Society as the organization that the Leadership Lamar County class of 2012-2013 has chosen to raise funds for, the word ‘reach’ seemed like a good place to start on a t-shirt design.

As you may or may not know, the RRVDSS’ logo is an acronym using the word ‘reach’ — Raising Expectations and Creating Hope.  They also have their very successful REACH Center, in which houses many programs designed to offer those with down syndrome or other mental diseases, and their families, a place of learning, social interaction, safety and friendship.

The Leadership Lamar County class of 2012-2013 chose a slogan to represent their class, and ironically, long before RRVDSS was chosen as their fundraising organization, decided on the phrase ‘Reach above and beyond’.

The t-shirt design that you see here has a double meaning, using the actual logo of the Red River Valley Down Syndrome Society’s REACH Center and the Leadership Lamar County slogan, with a hope-inspired background. The custom design was made by graphic artist, Beatrice Ardila.

These shirts — which will have the design on the front of a ‘chocolate’ brown cotton shirt — will come in a variety of sizes and will be for sale at this weekend’s annual ‘Tinsel & Tidings’ on Saturday, November 17, beginning at 9am.  They are only $15.

Leadership Lamar County will have a booth set up with the t-shirts displayed.

If you cannot make the event this weekend to get a shirt, don’t worry, they will be available at other upcoming community events as well.  You can also place an order for these shirts by calling (903) 715-0405 or emailing

With buying these t-shirts, you not only get a beautifully designed custom shirt, only available for a limited time, but you will also be helping to raise funds for this year’s Leadership class to carry out their many fundraisers for the Red River Down Syndrome Society.

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