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Greencastle students organize forum on school uniforms

November 19, 2007|By JENNIFER FITCH

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Franklin County Judge Richard Walsh has been scheduled to moderate a forum organized and presented by three Greencastle-Antrim High School civics and economics classes.

Students chose to debate the merits of school uniforms at the forum from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday in the high school auditorium.

"We had to pick something people would be involved in, ... something that would impact us at a younger age," said Justine Greenwood, a student in Ellen Kirkner's government class.

The forum is open to the public.

Similar events held in the past have drawn about 200 people, Greenwood said.

"Hopefully it'll bring a lot of people out," she said.

Students researched school uniforms and talked to administrators, then scheduled Walsh for the forum, Greenwood said.

"We tried to get (Gov.) Rendell's wife, ... and she recommended him," she said.

Students will compile comments about school uniforms for distribution to the school board, according to a news release.

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Uniforms have been discussed in the past and the board could easily be faced again with making a decision about them, Greenwood said.

The forum will feature a panel with six students, one parent and board member Mike Shindle, the news release stated.

The forum was organized through a federal Learn and Serve Civics grant, as well as Student Voices of Philadelphia.

This year, the classes also interviewed senior citizens about the importance of voting, met local government officials and held a voter registration drive.

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