New school uniforms affect many

By: Ryan Famuliner Email
By: Ryan Famuliner Email

In just a little more than a week, South Bend students will be heading back to school and the halls at some schools will look a little different.

Six more public schools in South Bend have adopted a new uniform policy for this year.

Washington High School, Marshall Intermediate Canter, Navarre Intermediate Center, Perley Primary Center, Madison Primary Center, and Hamilton Primary Center will all have new uniform policies this year.

It's not just students and parents who have to adjust; stores in the area have to keep up on the changes too.

“As soon as schools make decisions about uniforms or no uniforms, we definitely pay attention and send information up to our buyers so they can purchase more of the right colors and the right quantities of the stuff that they want,” said Meijer Store Director John White.

For the Meijer on Grape Rd., the changes have meant some extra dough.

“Sales have been real good, real good, we're real happy with them. We still have a lot in stock, so we're ready,” White said.

Meanwhile, the Wal-Mart on Portage Rd. has barely been able to keep the clothes on the shelves.

“They keep on wanting them. More schools keep on coming here, I mean, south bend is a huge community,” said Wal-Mart Shift Manager Steve Casdorph

That location has run out of certain colors and sizes, and they've had 4 shipments.

For parents, the new dress codes mean buying less outfits for school, and a little less to think about.

“Sometimes she kinds of takes it overboard with worrying about what she's going to wear and how it coordinates, and that might take some of the stress off of there," said Yolanda Rodgers. Her daughter is a student at Washington, and will have to follow the new dress code.

“We were looking in the paper today, because we won't necessarily get ‘uniform’ pants, and we saw some things that would pass, and I didn't think it was too expensive,” Rodgers said.

And while students may not be excited about the change, it's what they have to wear.

And for stores, it's what they have to sell.

“This is the uniform they need to wear, everyone needs to buy it. And if it's a new policy this year, everybody needs to buy new clothes, so it's definitely a key component, you want them in our building,” White said.

Because the dress codes vary from school to school, it's recommended that parents contact their specific schools to find out what their kids need to wear.

The six schools introducing uniform policies this year join seven others that adopted the dress code last year.

Wilson Primary School, Harrison Primary School, Kennedy Primary School, and Tarkington Primary School, Jackson Intermediate School, Brown Intermediate School, and LaSalle Intermediate School each put a new plan into place last year.

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