School Uniforms:Donations Accepted

Community groups are busy gathering uniforms for students. Don't be surprised if you see a donation bin, at a bank or a community center. It's an effort to meet the need, after the school board made uniforms mandatory for all grade school children. Newschannel 8's Kim Jackson says it will help students and schools.

Some schools already have uniform closets with plenty of shirts and pants to give away. Organizers are hoping with this uniform drive, other schools are able to do the same.

The uniforms are stacked, packed and sized. But what you see here is not the norm--but it is necessary at Eugene Field.

"We have traditionally given one free brand new uniform to each child.

They've had uniforms for years. Students need a uniform for each day principals say, without those, there's more work with a washer in dryer, not normal school supplies.

"We can wash them, yeah we can wash them, it's not a problem," said Kristen Grandstaff, community schools coordinator at Eugene Field.

But now, Project Elf, and Partners in Education have teamed up. They're putting donation bins,

"We are really hoping this helps parents in a big way," said Paula Wood, of Tulsa Public Schools.

Wood says the uniforms will be there for those who need them.

"The counselors will understand and we will make every attempt to make sure every student has a uniform, for the first day of school and if not the first day of school, shortly thereafter," she said.

Just in case you are worried about buying uniforms, white tops and khaki bottoms are accepted at any school.{} And you can buy those at any discount store, including Walmart or Target.

And if you want to give, there are about 23-thousand students who will wear uniforms this school year.

"There's a new requirement that comes with the new dress code, and that is a belt for the belt loops.

The assistance League and John 3:16 are two organizations that are offering uniform assistance, as well.