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School Dress Code Changes Bring Clothing Drives

“They're looking for collared shirts, whether it be a polo shirt, whether it's a crewneck shirt, turtleneck. Shirts can be any color or pattern. Bottoms are solid colors, and they're navy blue, they're khaki, they're black, they're gray, they can be jeans or dress pants or whatever,”
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Chambersburg School District has recently implemented a new dress code policy. Some parents and students have complained it's too strict and also too expensive to buy new clothes.

But this ongoing controversy over the school dress code is bringing people out in support of a clothing drive.

"We have filled three boxes so far, and material clothing keeps coming in," said Kathryn Finley, President of CASHS PTSA.

The Chambersburg Area Senior High School (CASHS) Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) is working with one of many businesses, such as the Butcher Shoppe, where they were Saturday morning, to collect clothes for families who might not be able to afford outfits for everyday of the school week.

"We want to be able to make to such that they can come in, they can pick out what they need, whatever fits them, and just help themselves to what they will need to be able to clothe kids," Finley said.

And Finley said the new dress code includes these new rules:

“They're looking for collared shirts, whether it be a polo shirt, whether it's a crewneck shirt, turtleneck. Shirts can be any color or pattern. Bottoms are solid colors, and they're navy blue, they're khaki, they're black, they're gray, they can be jeans or dress pants or whatever,” she said.

Some students are actually in favor of this policy, something they say will create a more equal school environment, without fashion being a worry.

"Some parts of it I think are a little strict, but it's definitely better than it was last year because people, I don't know, seem better, like more presentable,” said Josie Kuhn, an 11th grader in Chambersburg.

More presentable, with help from this positive program.

The Chambersburg Area Senior High School program is having another clothing drive Tuesday at Texas Roadhouse, and they'll be stuffing a truck with donated clothes before the last home football game on Friday.

They also are running, “Celebrate My Drive,” as part of teen safety week from October 18-26, a program encouraging teens and parents alike to put the phones down while they’re behind the wheel. With this program, the school is eligible to win a grant of $100,000 or $25,000 and a Kelly Clarkson concert.
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