by Lisa Tome
You can wear your pride on your back.
Elkton t-shirts are now available.
And according to Mayor Rob Alt, the shirts were born on social media and are part of the We Are Elkton campaign. Alt said he was on a website concerning "taking back Cecil County". He decided then that he wanted something good to happen for the town.
"We have to put a positive influence on our community. Whether it's the whole county or the Town of Elkton," said Alt.
Alt started designing a t-shirt. He then offered up options on his facebook page. He credits Mart Lukk for helping to create the final design which contains an Elk on the map which is on the t-shirt. "It was a group effort designing the t-shirt," said Alt.
The shirts are available at the Elkton Town Hall, Railroad Avenue, and at the Elkton Chamber/Alliance at the corner of North and Main streets. The shirts cost $15.90 each which includes tax. They are available in sizes small to XXL. They will also be sold at community events such as Music on Main and the Downtown Car Shows.
Alt explained that the goal is not to raise money, but instead to instill community pride. Any proceeds earned will support Elkton Parks and Recreation.
"This is just one more positive promotion for the town," said Alt.
Alt asked staff to model the shirts last week. Building inspector Jeff Cline said he likes the shirts. "They are very nice. I would wear it," said Cline.
Building official Chip Bromwell also tried on a shirt. "I think they're high quality," said Bromwell.
The We Are Elkton campaign was started by Mayor Alt. The idea behind it was to promote the people of Elkton and the downtown. People have been asked to use Patti Paulus' handmade calligraphy signs, take their photo, and post it on social media for downtown Elkton sites. The We Are Elkton signs are located in downtown businesses.