UNION GAP, Wash- In September of 2009 the Union Gap School District adopted a uniform policy where students have to wear black, blue, or white polo shirts without any logos. They also have the option of wearing tops with the school name or mascot. Predictably, some kids weren't very open to the idea at first.
"I didn't like it at all", remembers a sixth grade boy.
"It was uncomfortable and dumb that everybody would look the same", said a female sixth grader.
But they now admit to understanding the reason for the uniforms, and even say they aren't so bad.
"I kinda like it a little better because I'm used to it and we don't look as dumb as I thought we would," concedes the male sixth grader.
The district superintendent says the uniforms were put in place to lessen pressure on kids who cannot afford to keep up with fashion trends, increase school pride, and most notably to cut out gang activity. And he says it's working.
"Our discipline is down immensely it's just made a huge difference", says Kurt Hilyard, Superintendent of the Union Gap School District.
Students agree. The two sixth graders told KNDO they feel safer since the uniforms have been in place.