Uniforms required for students at Elkhart's Roosevelt School


Elkhart's Roosevelt Elementary School will be the first public school in the city to require students to wear uniforms next fall.

618 students are enrolled at Roosevelt in grades K through 6.

The colors and look of the new uniforms will be determined by a survey of parents and teachers.

The school says it will be dressing for success as it begins the first year of the STEAM program at Roosevelt. It's a new way of learning about science, technology, engineering, the arts and math.

"This is hands-on," said STEAM Academy Coordinator Tessa Sutton. "This is a high-level, critical thinking, processing that our students are going to really be able to connect to problem-based learning."

"There will be a lot of project-based learning, where maybe kids have computers, and they're working one-to-one with each other and their teacher doing research, a lot of presentations," said Principal Jeff Komins. "We really want our kids doing PowerPoints, making graphs."

Parents with whom we spoke said they feel the new program is a great way to advance their children's education on a number of different levels, including the adoption of a dress code.

"My daughter can have hands-on more doing this academy," added parent Denise Morris. "I like the uniform idea."

"Have the uniforms, I think the kids won't be made fun of," agreed Malisha Shuler, another parent. "There won't be as much bullying, so I think it's going to benefit our school."

"I think it will give them a sense of pride that they will love to come to school and that they would love to learn," said Rita McKinney.

Roosevelt is taking a step-by-step approach to getting the program going with it running at full potential in the next three to five years.

The school will hold a meeting this Thursday at 5 p.m. in the cafeteria to explain more about student uniforms and how the STEAM Academy will operate.