Cairo Students Start First Day of School in New Uniforms

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By Evie Allen
By Randy Livingston

CAIRO -- Cairo students returned to classes Thursday with a completely new look. All students in the district are now wearing uniforms.

The new look at Cairo Junior Senior High School may take some getting used too.     

"This is crazy, we all look alike," remarked senior Koree Simelton

The students are walking the halls with a little more pride this year. After a three year process, leaders agreed to have students submit to wearing a uniform.

"It's a different look for the school and I'm just really excited about how they all look," said principal Zena Madison. 

Madison said the uniforms will help prepare students for the workforce and life after high school.

"If they work at a fast food restaurant, they work at a department store, they're going to have to wear a uniform," she added.

The students can wear their choice of three different colored polo's, khakis and any shoes they choose.

"'Everybody either has on Dickies or shorts or pants and a blue, black or white shirt," explained senior Tyauna Williams. "So now everybody is equal."

The idea of starting senior year in a uniform didn't sit well with everybody, but after the first day students were adjusting.  

"I wanted to wear my own clothes my senior year, but now that I'm wearing it, I don't really mind," said Williams. 

"You don't have to worry about getting up in the morning looking for something to wear," added Simelton.

In a nation where bullying is big problem, some believe the new dress code will help reduce that and create unity. 

"It makes everybody come together as one and start thinking about more things other than, 'Yeah, she has on levi's, he has on this or he has on that,'" said Nelson.

The district issued two free uniforms to all students.

Madison says in the end parents save money, students perform better, and the new look helps build community pride.

"There's a lot of other things going on in the community, trying to rebuild the community and this is only going to add to it," said Madison.

Madison says they're considering the idea of a dress-down day, where all the students can wear regular clothes.

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