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Letters: Eighth-graders know what not to wear

Eighth-graders know what not to wear
I really don’t enjoy wearing uniforms to school every day. As a student, I find this aggravating and annoying.
Wearing a uniform isn’t all that necessary for people who haven’t been the ones to break the dress code. I went to a private school where we had to wear uniforms for fifth grade. After that, I ended up going to a public middle school. I thought by the time I got to a public school, a uniform wouldn’t be required.
Why is it a problem, you may ask? I find it to be a problem by not letting kids express themselves. There is “school-friendly” clothing out there. As an eighth-grader, I think we’re mature enough to know what to wear and what not to wear. Even if we have trouble on deciding what to wear to school tomorrow, we have more options and can choose what to wear.
For example, someone might only have two pair of khaki pants and two navy blue shirts. That someone may not have enough money to buy laundry soap to wash his or her uniform for the rest of the week. It wouldn’t feel very comfortable, wearing dirty clothes the next few days.
A way to possibly fix this problem might include some observation. How about a week of street clothes? The teachers may observe what the students are wearing that week. If they break the rules one to three times, they won’t be allowed to wear street clothes for the time being. If they have not broken the rules once, they should be allowed to have at least a longer time period of street clothes days!
ó Kelsey Jose
Salisbury
No to more uniforms
A rumor going around at the moment is that we might have uniforms in high school. As far as I know, Carson is the only high school talking about uniforms next year. Many people already know that some elementary schools and all middle schools have uniforms already.
The only problem I have with uniforms is the fact that we aren’t really allowed to express who we, as a person, are. I understand that the school board is trying to reduce bullying over what people do and do not have. However, uniforms are just a way for the school board to tell us how to think and feel. I see no point in having them in high school. That would probably drive us students insane. In high school, we are supposed to get more freedoms. That’s why in high school we get our licenses and permits. So why can’t we have freedom over what we wear?
If they give us uniforms when we get to high school, that would be a huge issue with the students. Think about it this way: Most students might have to wear a uniform for work. They’d be wearing a uniform 24-7. From what I hear, the school board absolutely loves the idea of uniforms, but I hope the board will at least consider keeping us uniform-free in high school.
ó Robert Graham
Salisbury
Tobacco hurts looks
The Rowan County Youth In Action Against Tobacco Council and Kujimani Creative Arts are hosting a TRU Beauty event on Friday, 4:30-8 p.m., at the Salisbury Civic Center for girls in fifth-12th grades to learn about how smoking affects their skin, hair, nails, teeth, etc.
It’s going to be a fun-filled evening of entertainment, educating youth on how tobacco use affects their beauty, getting free beauty samples and enjoying a special guest appearance by a speaker from SAVE (Survivors and Victims of Tobacco Empowerment). Terrie Hall will speak about how smoking affects her life since she’s battled 10 times with throat cancer due to smoking.
We’ll end the event with a TRU Beauty youth fashion show to show that we are beautiful just the way we are, and all we have to do is be ourselves.
If your daughter is interested in attending this event, call Natalie at 704-216-8849 for more information or to register in advance.
Registration deadline is 3 p.m. today. Our events are funded through the N.C. Health & Wellness Trust Fund Commission.
ó Savannah Simpson
Salisbury

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