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Uniforms can uniformly affect school behavior Although many adults have adopted business casual dress children enrolled in Catholic schools continue to dress for success by donning uniforms And it makes a difference On the occasions that students at Schenectadys Marian Academy can dress out of uniform the staff notices a change in behavior When we have dress-down day the atmosphere is slightly different said Ninette Kondratowicz associate principal Sister Mary Ellen Owens RSM principal of Holy Cross School in Albany agrees While many Catholic schools allow students to wear gym clothes to school on gym days Holy Cross abandoned that policy because of the slight behavior changes On gym days they change into their gym uniforms the principal said If they dont they act like their in gym class all day Benefits The calming effect of uniforms is just one of the benefits say educators Uniforms save parents money since they dont have to buy their child an entire school wardrobe The uniform also reduces the morning stress families can face as children get ready for school As a parent I think uniforms are a good thing Mrs Kondratowicz said I dont have to haggle over what my daughter is going to wear The parents are in favor of them Sister Mary Ellen said Its cost effective for parents and theres no competition between students for clothes All the same Uniforms also reduce the pressures children face to fit in Children dont have to worry about having specific brands of clothing Holy Cross for example modified its gym uniform a few years ago because of the pressures to have the most stylish tee shirt for gym class Students now wear a plain white tee shirt Prior to this change parents found that their children wanted specific shirts in order to fit
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