Families swap school uniforms in Bristol

BRISTOL, Pa. - August 25, 2010

But they weren't shopping - they were swapping.

"We're dropping off the things that don't fit and trying to pick up some new things," said parent Nadine Farmer.

Wednesday's uniform swap at Snyder-Girotti Elementary School in Bristol Borough comes after the school board's decision to makes it a requirement to wear uniforms.

"Last year we started a uniform policy on a volunteer basis and, I would say, 95% of the student population actually bought into it," said Principal Tom Shaffer.

Shaffer says the policy has been a hit among parents not only because it keeps kids focused more on their studies, but it saves them a lot more money in the long run.

"We do have a 65% poverty rate here in the school district," Shaffer said.

As a grandmother on a fixed income, Debra Thomson was happy to take advantage of the free clothing being offered.

"Well, I raise four grandchildren, 10, 8, 5 and 3, and we need help," said Debra Thomson.

She says having to dress three of her school-aged grand children has been no easy feat.

"A lot of money, about $100 $150 that I don't have," she said.

The clothing dropped off at Wednesday's clothing drive will be available all year long. Parents can simply contact a teacher or a member of the PTA.

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