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Tift County parents react to uniform requirements

This parent said she doesn't mind her child having to wear uniforms next year. (Source: WALB) This parent said she doesn't mind her child having to wear uniforms next year. (Source: WALB)
This parent said she does not like her child having to wear uniforms to school. (Source: WALB) This parent said she does not like her child having to wear uniforms to school. (Source: WALB)
Tift County students in grades K-5 are required to wear uniforms for the 2018-2019 school year. (Source: Tift Co. School Board) Tift County students in grades K-5 are required to wear uniforms for the 2018-2019 school year. (Source: Tift Co. School Board)
TIFTON, GA (WALB) -

Next school year, the Tift County School board will still require students in kindergarten through 5th grades, to wear uniforms.

The Tift County School System has seen many changes. 

From the school system realigning, to the most recent change, school uniforms. 

"I feel that schools should not have uniforms period," said one parent.

The school board posted to Facebook Friday that it will require Kindergarten through 5th-grade students to wear uniforms during the 2018-2019 school year.

"It just kind takes away from the personality of being able to dress up and ya know be cute with it," said another parent.

One Tifton parent said her daughter, who's going into 2nd grade, seems okay with it. 

"Me personally I don't like it. I mean she didn't really seem to mind. But for me, I just didn't care for it," said a parent. 

Another parent said it will save her some time. 

"I have two girls, one of my girls goes to primary school and it's nice for me that we don't have to pick out clothes every morning because she's pretty picky," said a parent.

The board also voted to add the color gray to the list of acceptable colors.

Even with that addition, some parents feel uniforms strip away students creativity. 

"She did not like the fact that she had to wear uniforms. My child, she's 7, she expresses herself through her clothing, that's what makes her feel good about herself," said a parent.

One parent said this requirement could lead her to reconsider moving into the Tift County area.

"I feel that children should be able to express themselves through their clothing," said a parent. 

The Tifton Merchants Association is partnering with the 6th Street Academy for a Back to School Uniform Drive. 

Uniforms will be accepted until July 24.

The clothes can be new or used, and Kelly's Dry Cleaners will provide dry cleaning services. 

If you need more information on the clothing drive or would like to donate, contact the Main Street Office in Tifton at (229)391-3966.

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