Uniforms A Good Idea

Letters to the editor

February 16, 1992

From: Susan F. Sager

Westminster

What a good idea Del. Charles W. Kolodziejski, D-Pasadena, had (Feb. 2, Carroll County Sun, "Carroll educators suited by defeat of uniform plan").

I couldn't agree with him more, although for more basic (naive, it seems) reasons.

With a standard outfit to wear to school, there are many things on a more simple level to be gained.

As an educator at the elementary level, parent, and active participantin parent/teacher relationships, I'd say there are a significant amount of us who think the idea's time has come.

Imagine a morning without so many choices (or so few). Uniforms are often less expensive,easier to take care of and great hand-me-downs. They look sharp on many shapes and sizes.

Hurrah, if the uniform policy picks up grades and lowers crime. I'm sure it does loads for self-esteem.

Our county may not think it fits the mold for "needing" such a policy, but let's not be blind to a chance for trying this for its other benefitsor perhaps as a preventive measure. I don't know what school-level educators were interviewed for this article on Feb. 2 by Greg Tasker, but a little wider survey would be in order.

I know many parents would actively support this at our school.

As to the article on thewhole, too many statements appeared to be made based on too little research. "Carroll educators oppose any measure requiring students to wear uniforms" -- what a generalization!

Ask the parents, please. Of course our clothing isn't disruptive, but that's not the point. Give the uniform policy idea a chance; think about it. Every parent andstudent interviewed thought it was a good idea.

"It would never go in this area" -- maybe, maybe not. It's worth a shot or at least a long, hard look.

GIVE FROM THE HEART

From: William Grau Jr.

American heart Association

Carroll County Branch

Westminster

Someone you know is alive today because of the efforts of American Heart Association volunteers.

Perhaps a family member takes medicationto control high blood pressure or your neighbor has renewed energy since having bypass surgery.

Maybe you've begun reading food labelsmore carefully to keep excess fat from your diet.

Since 1949, theHeart Association has funded research into the prevention and treatment of heart disease and stroke. This research has taught us that to keep our hearts healthy, we need to eat right, exercise, control our blood pressure and not smoke.

Yet heart disease remains the nation's No. 1 killer, claiming more than 16,000 lives each year in Maryland alone.

During February, American Heart Association volunteers will conduct their annual campaign to educate their neighbors about heart disease and raise money for continued research and community programs. The AHA is supported entirely by public contributions.

When an American Heart Association volunteer asks for your contribution, please give generously. The life you save may be your own.

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