In rainbow colors, an artful profile of a human face speaks the words: "Talk to Me."
That is the theme of a T-shirt project launched by two Gunn High School seniors following the third CalTrain death of a Palo Alto student in three months.
The students, Miles Mathews and Sam Zeif, began selling their hand-stenciled T-shirts to fellow Gunn students Thursday during lunch break.
"The idea first came to mind after the latest suicide the week before school started," Zeif said. "It became apparent that this was not going to go away without some sort of involvement.
"So we went ahead with this plan that combined our strength of making T-shirts and the message we wanted to put out, which is communication among the Gunn community."
"We've always been designing T-shirts, the two of us," Mathews said.
Using a Mylar stencil hinged to a board, the boys created a "really durable rig" that could generate a shirt every two minutes. The shirts are white, with the human profile printed in a wide array of colors. All of them say "talk to me."
Zeif and Mathews already have stenciled 200 shirts they plan to sell for $5 apiece. If demand is greater, they will make more.
"We'd like to make as many as possible because the more students that have this shirt the greater the message will be," Zeif said.
In a brief video about the project, Zeif and Mathews say: "Sometimes we just need someone to talk to, so lend your ears and open up. Be the change you wish to see at Gunn."
Mathews, who is Senior Class President, worked to clear the project with the Student Executive Council. Zeif is a member of the yearbook staff and both boys play varsity soccer.
Once costs are covered, Mathews and Zeif plan to donate all proceeds to Kara, a Palo Alto grief support and education group. Others wishing to support the project should make checks payable to Gunn High School and mark them "Shirt Project." Checks should be sent to Gunn High School, 780 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto, 94306, Attention: Shirt Project.