September 2001, Volume 7, Issue 2   
Commencement and Thoughts for the Coming School Year
Rev. Mark Connolly
Thought for the Month
Crack Those Books
Rev. Raymond K. Petrucci
Saint of the Month
The School Uniform
Krystal Plonski
Earth's Village
A Special Prayer in the Aftermath of Our National Tragedy
The School Uniform is "Symbol of My, Catholic Faith"

Krystal Plonski

Many people ask me what is so great about wearing a uniform.

A school uniform represents to me a community of children who dare to be part of a group of people who care. It is symbol of one's faith, sharing of the same attitude, and being proud to wear a uniform that represents your school.

A uniform does not mean wearing the same boring clothes over and over, day after day. It means that my parents cared enough to send me to a school that requires a little more of me. It means that it is not my clothes that make me unique, but my personality, attitude and helpfulness towards others.

Wearing a uniform makes me part of a whole. It shows that I am willing to be an active member of that whole and take responsibility for my actions. That uniform becomes a part of me when I put it on every morning. It reminds me that I am somebody and I should take care of that person and the world around me.

Putting on my uniform also reminds me that I am part of a community of school children that I belong to. This community is counting on me to be a loving, caring, sharing and responsible kind of person.

It is not enough to just get dressed, have breakfast and go to school. It requires a lot of pride, and sometimes spunk, to put on my uniform and to be in the public eye. When I have my uniform on, it shows people in the community that I go to a certain school and that school has a reputation that I must respect and uphold. I am willing to do that.

I am willing to wear my uniform because I care. I care what happens at our school. I care what happens to the kids at my school. I care about my education. I also care about the fact that our teachers give a lot - and they choose to teach at my school. I care a lot- about growing up and being a good person, and it all starts here.

It starts with an idea to give back to the community, and it starts with me and going to a school that requires a school uniform.

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