Miamisburg donor Todd Engel teaches at Miami Valley Career Technology Center and he saved his best leprechaun outfit for the last day of school before St. Patrick’s Day. It was also a lucky day to make his 113th lifetime blood donation.
Todd donated platelets Thursday, March 15 dressed in green shirt, beige vest and a jumbo shamrock pattern bowtie, plus green socks with shamrocks.
“My dad was a teacher, and he passed it down to me so I’m carrying the torch!” said Todd. The tradition calls for wearing a different Irish-themed outfit every day of the week leading up to St. Patrick’s Day. Thursday’s outfit was the most flamboyant of the week.
“We’re off tomorrow (March 16) so I would have worn it Friday,” he said. “I had four different outfits leading up to it and about every day I had students come up to me and say, ‘Is today St. Patrick’s Day?’”
Todd teaches Youth Connections at MVCTC. Though his dad began the St. Patrick’s wardrobe tradition, their inspiration comes from his Irish heritage. “My grandmother was a Foley on my dad’s side,” he said.