T-shirt hailing Naperville superintendent as 'hero' for canceling school will raise money for foundation

Dan is the Man, at least that’s what some high school students are proclaiming about Naperville District 203 Superintendent Dan Bridges, who has canceled classes four times this school year because of the weather.


There’s even a t-shirt to prove it.


In commemoration of three times this week and one time in November that Bridges ordered schools closed because of dangerous conditions, Naperville Central junior Richie Holmberg created a t-shirt design with a picture of the superintendent on the front.


The retouched, brightly colored image of Bridges is pop artist Andy Warhol meets graphic designer Shepard Fairey. It boasts “HERO” in block letters at the bottom.


Proceeds from the sale of the $16 shirt will benefit the Naperville Education Foundation, which raises money to enhance and enrich student educational experiences at District 203.


Foundation Executive Director Wendy Goettsch said it’s the perfect antidote to the cabin fever everyone’s experiencing after being cooped up at home all week because of the snow and bitterly cold temperatures.


“I felt everybody needed something to make them smile after the week we’ve had,” she said. “This is the perfect thing for us.”


The concept for an official snow day t-shirt started as Twitter banter and grew into a request by Holmberg to make the shirts a reality.


“It was amazing to us,” Goettsch said. “I have to say it fits NEF’s mission of encouraging student creativity and innovation.”


She said District 203 has so many talented students. “What better way to spend their snow day,” Goettsch said.


It also helps the superintendent was on board with the concept. “Dan Bridges is a really good sport here,” she said.


The NEF leader said she has no idea how many t-shirts will be sold, but information on the sale is generating a lot of shares on social media. “The sky’s the limit,” she said.


The shirts are available at https://stores.inksoft.com/nef203/shop/home.