This school has a brilliant solution to avoid dress code violations

By Elise Solé for Yahoo Lifestyle

One middle school in Pennsylvania has devised a creative way to help students meet its dress code: an on-campus clothing closet.

The program, offered by Shamokin Middle School, is just called “The Clothes Closet” and currently offers about 100 articles of free clothing for students to wear in accordance with the dress code policy.

Per the school website, students in grades K-12 cannot wear head-to-toe clothing in one color, baggy pants, Spandex, skirts shorter than the knee, or logos. Instead, collared and turtleneck shirts or cardigans in opaque colors, and items with school logos are encouraged. First-time violators receive a verbal warning and an in-house suspension until a parent can drop off replacement clothing. Students who habitually break the rules can get detention.

In September, principal Chris Venna wanted to offer a proactive approach to the dress code and Tiffani Bogart, a math teacher and adviser to the school’s trivia club, came up with the Clothes Closet, which she helped fund from the proceeds of two multilevel marketing pop-up events and from donations gained in a word-of-mouth campaign.

The closet is located across the hall from Bogart’s classroom. Students whose families can’t afford school-approved clothing, or new students unprepared for the dress code, can pop in the closet, which is stocked with hangers and seasonal clothing, including coats, that’s sorted by size.

“So far, two students have [come forward on their own and] asked for clothing,” Bogart tells Yahoo Lifestyle. “In other cases, we’ve encouraged kids who wear the same pair of pants throughout the week to use the closet. And a student who’s currently homeless will start school in January so I gave her four pairs of pants and six tops from the closet.”

Bogart’s students have also become invested in the project, helping to sort and fold clothes during study hall or even shop for items.

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