TPS assists with buying uniformsWritten by Katherine Timpf | | email@example.com
Toledo Public Schools (TPS) will once again offer free uniforms to students who qualify.
Families with children enrolled in kindergarten through eighth grade at TPS with a family income at 200 percent of the poverty level are eligible to receive vouchers for free uniforms. Each voucher is good for two tops, two bottoms and a belt, said Crystal Ellis, TPS chief of staff.
Ellis said the program was approved five years ago to give “parents some assistance for school clothing, those that need it the most.”
Ellis believes the uniforms help create a positive school environment.
“It gives [children] a guide on how to dress,” Ellis said. “It takes out the competition for dress or stylish dress. It gives a camaraderie of dress … It’s a common bond of being in a school and being a part of that school; you and your schoolmates have something in common other than going to that school.”
Parents and guardians can apply for uniform vouchers from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at the former Leverette Junior High School, 1111 E. Manhattan Blvd., in portable unit No. 1 in the back parking lot. The office will be open until the end of the October, and then uniform applications will be accepted at the board of education.
Those who have already applied for uniform assistance do not need to reapply. Call (419) 729-8801 for more information.