The first day of school always stirs up mixed emotions for kids. It’s a concoction of excitement and nervousness for many. But one boy channeled his feelings into something super creative and friendly.
Blake Rajahn made a t-shirt imprinted with the words, “I will be your friend,” to wear on the first day of school. This was his way of telling his classmates he was ready to start the year with new friends.
Mom, Nikki Rajahn, who owns a custom t-shirt business, had offered to make Blake a special shirt. She, then posted a picture of her first-grader wearing his custom creation.
“I have to brag on my son. I told him that as a back to school gift, I will make him any shirt he would like. It could have anything–a basketball theme, football, etc. which are all his favorites. He thought a while and said, ‘will you please make me a shirt that says I will be your friend for all the kids who need a friend to know that I am here for them?'”
What a great kid!
She ended her post with,
“Never underestimate your kid’s heart for others! I love my sweet Blake! #stopbullying”
Her post, of course, went viral with over 9,000 shares. People commented on how thoughtful Blake was to have come up with the shirt. Others said adults, as well as kids, could use a reminder to be kind.
Rajahn’s custom t-shirt business, Unfading Adornments, started receiving hundreds of orders for the same shirt.
Her Facebook page has more information about ordering or donating the shirts. A percentage of proceeds will go to local outreach, Real Life Center.
Rajahn recently posted a thank you, saying Blake is “blown away,” and his is happy, “because now more and more people will have more and more friends!”
It’s her hope that others will be inspired to reach out and make the first step to making someone feel welcome and know they have a friend.