July 19, 2013 11:45:02 AM
Sarah Fowler - firstname.lastname@example.org
Students in the Columbus Municipal School District may soon get a chance to show their school spirit -- literally.
During Monday night's school board meeting, board member Aubra Turner suggested students be able to add the option of wearing a purple or gold polo shirt to their uniform choices. Turner also suggested students be allowed to wear T-shirts proclaiming their individual school's logo. Elementary and middle school students are currently restricted to wearing a white or navy collared shirt with khaki or navy pants or shorts. The high school does not require students to wear uniforms.
"Basically, I just wanted to give the students an option to be able to wear their school colors," Turner said.
She noted that neighboring schools, including private schools, have uniforms that reflect their school colors. By being able to wear purple and gold, Turner said she felt the new uniform option would also increase school spirit and morale.
"I think it will help boost students' morale and morale throughout the district," she said.
Turner, the mother of two young girls within the district, added that the current white uniform shirts can easily get dirty or stain.
"When you have young children that have to wear the white shirts, parents know it's hard to keep those white shirts clean. After several washings they become dingy," she said.
"It just gives them another option and I think a lot of parents would agree with me."
The board unanimously voted to survey parents at the upcoming student registration next week. The survey is also available on the district's website, columbuscityschools.org.
Turner said she hopes parents participate in the survey.
"I felt this was the perfect opportunity to get the students and parents involved and motivated about the upcoming school year."
Deputy Superintendent Craig Shannon said the poll will be open until July 26. The tallied votes will be presented to the board at the next meeting. If approved, the change will be effective for the 2013-2014 school year.
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