How do you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day when your mom owns a globally-inspired clothing company? Our friend Matthew, age 7, loves the background of Tea — how we travel the world for inspiration for each collection — and he loves telling his friends all about it, like his friend Luke. Luke’s mother is from Ireland. With St. Patrick’s Day coming up, these first graders had an idea. Matthew wanted to learn more about Ireland and the Irish culture and he knew their classmates would love to create something of their own. With the help of Luke’s mother, this first grade class had a lesson on designing clothes, the tea way… and destination Ireland was created.

The kids were led on a “virtual” tour of Ireland, where they learned about the native language Gaelic, about Gaelic sports like Gaelic football and hurling. About how music and dance is key to Irish culture – And of course, they talked about St. Patrick and his shamrocks. Although Mrs. Carr didn’t talk about pots of gold at the end of rainbows, they showed up everywhere on the tees!

Here you have the final collection of graphic tees. Just like your favorite Tea prints, you can see aspects of what they learned today about the culture, including the Gaelic word “Fáilte” which means welcome. What an inspiration these little citizens are to all of us. We hope you share our process with your little citizens, too! What destination will they choose?

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