Uniforms for Needy Students

By: Domonique Benn
By: Domonique Benn

August 10, 2005
It’s an effort to cut down on distractions in Richmond County schools and again this year schools will be enforcing the uniform policy. But what about underprivileged students who can’t afford school uniforms? Several agencies and even some of the schools have stepped in to help clothe the students.

Shirley Mosley spent all summer organizing and putting out these school uniforms. Catholic Social Services on Broad Street saw a growing demand to help underprivileged kids.

And as soon as the donations come in, the uniforms go out.

“We have the blue shorts, they have to have khaki pants and we even have the long sleeve sweatshirt for winter,” Mosley said.

The thrift store is on top of making sure students are prepared. A reminder of the Richmond County uniform policy has a list of what students can wear from top to bottom.

“Most schools have red, white and blue shorts,” Mosley said.

Each piece is a dollar, excluding jumpers that are $4.

Buying school uniforms for a family of three can be quite expensive, but you can get a complete uniform for as low as two dollars.

Richmond County schools are sending a strong message that uniforms will be enforced. And while they realize the hardship that some parents face, some schools have gone as far to set up uniform closets and even uniform funds.

“The schools will set them aside in a special closet for any child that may need to use them,” said Mechelle Jordan.

Something Shirley can relate to, and one reason she takes pride in helping others.

“I know what it’s like to have to buy and I’m out here buying as a grandmother. I know what it’s like to have to buy for these kids,” Mosley said.

Some Richmond County schools are even planning a uniform drive for those who can’t afford to buy uniforms. Click here for a closer look at Richmond County’s uniform policy for elementary and middle schools.

In Richmond County, all students from kindergarten through 8th grade are required to wear uniforms. In Aiken County, none of the public schools require uniforms. And in Columbia County, none of the schools there require uniforms. In McDuffie County, the only school requiring uniforms is the Crossroads Alternative School and no schools in Burke County require uniforms.


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