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According to the Girl Scouts
of the United States of America, the scout program will help young women
discover themselves and their beliefs, connect and collaborate with other
people within their communities and take action to make the world a better
place.  

 A group of young leaders in Girl Scout Troop 1610 from Center
for Inquiry (CFI) School 84 took those tenets to heart. In late May, they advocated
for all young women within IPS.

 

As part of their efforts to earn their Girl Scout Cadette
Silver Award, and after much discussion with their peers on how they could make
positive changes in their school community, Troop 1610 decided to challenge inconsistencies
in the IPS dress code.Operation Tights

 

According to the IPS Code of Conduct concerning student
dress code, there are no restrictions to male or female students in Grades K–8
regarding socks. However, young women in those same grades are only permitted
to wear solid tights or leggings. (The dress code section can be found in the
Policies tab under bylaws in section 5000 for students in subsection 5511.)

 

The troop polled 153 students and parents with a series of
questions centered around multicolored tights. They found that 83.66 percent of
students and families believed that K–8 girls should be allowed to wear
multicolored tights to school. They also found that some schools enforce this
rule, while others are less strict.

 

Based on their research, the students took it upon
themselves to create a base dress code standard for all schools. They shared
their thoughts with IPS Superintendent Dr. Lewis D. Ferebee and members of the
Board of School Commissioners during the School Board’s Action Session in May.

 

“Many families and girl students at my school believe that
if boys and girls can wear multicolored socks, girls can also wear multicolored
tights, since tights for girls are leg coverings and they are an extension of
socks,” said Paris H., a seventh-grader at CFI 84, during the board meeting.

 

Thea Rose M., who is new to the IPS family and a sixth-grader
at CFI 84, is so passionate about the cause that she faced her fear of public
speaking to address members of the Board.

 

During her turn at the microphone, she stood proudly and
said, “I don’t normally wear tights, but I do support the girls in our school
who do. Therefore, I’m asking you to consider allowing all IPS girls in Grades
K–8 to wear multicolored tights.”

 

The troop won’t have to wait much longer for the Board’s final decision. They will receive their answer June 30, during the June Action Session. But you can find out what the Board’s initial thoughts are here.

 

We are very proud of the young
advocates of IPS and hope that all students continue to respectfully voice
their opinions.