Dress code drive planned in Indian Land

July 23, 2013 

Indian Land Elementary School is conducting a dress-code clothing drive through Aug. 19.

They are looking for new “dress-code” clothes because so many of the children cannot afford them and have to start school with clothes that don’t fit or are hand-me-downs.

This year, the organizers want it to be different – they want everyone to start school with a fresh look, boosting self-esteem.

The reason school uniforms are a good idea is because they promote equality, and distinctions made on the basis of economic status are reduced. When everyone dresses alike, there is hope that kids will judge others based on character instead of the clothes they wear.

While bullying may not stop by use of uniforms, at least they will prevent students from being picked on for their choice of clothes.

At a very young age, school uniforms are cost-efficient. Wearing a uniform can instill a sense of discipline and community feeling. This naturally reduces incidents of violence. Teachers don’t have to double as guards and can concentrate on teaching.

The drop-off site is Carolina Spine, 8451 Charlotte Hwy., Indian Land. For information, call 524-8384 or 548-8100 or visit the school website, iles.lancasterscschools.org.

On the school website, there is a link to the dress code. The dress-code drive organizers are accepting monetary donations as well as gift card donations.

Dr. Ryan Valencic at Carolina Spine said he will be giving gift certificates for a free chiropractic consultation exam, which includes free X-rays if they’re needed, to all who donate.

Thank you for helping to make a difference in our schools.

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