Uniform store open for summer at EHHS

By Frances Taylor - Staff Writer
East Hartford - posted Fri., Jun. 17, 2011
Brandy Wilson and Ali Shaibu shop for uniforms for their two children at EHHS. Photos by Frances Taylor.
Brandy Wilson and Ali Shaibu shop for uniforms for their two children at EHHS. Photos by Frances Taylor.

Simani Natta, 16, recently had her first opportunity to try on a new polo shirt with an East Hartford High School logo. This September will be the first time school uniforms are required for all students. As a senior, Simani was hoping she would get by without having to wear a uniform, but that was not to be.

Simani's mother, Solese Natta, was not thrilled with the timing. “It's her last year, we shouldn't have to buy all new uniforms,” she said. “They should have just let the seniors go without uniforms.”

The Connecticut Shirt Man will be the provider of the new school uniforms that will be worn by all East Hartford public school students from elementary grades through high school. The store is located in Room 122 on the first floor of the high school. The outlet opened June 11 and is open weekdays from 3 to 6 p.m. It will be open Monday through Friday from noon to 6 p.m., July through September.

Though she was not in favor of uniforms, Simani said she understood the decision. “I think they wanted to put down bullies, and maybe help parents save on the cost of clothes,” she said.

Other families had different views on the uniform. “I'm very happy about it,” said Brandy Wilson, who was buying uniforms for her two children, Khalihah, a first-grader, and Khalyl, a fourth-grader. “The little girls dress so fresh these days, and the boys are more concerned about their clothes than the girls are,” Wilson said. “I think it’s the perfect solution, and it’s about time.”

The store offers students an array of options, and the magnet schools will have their own colors. Elementary students will wear black, gray and yellow polo shirts with khaki pants or skirts; middle school students will have a choice of black, gray or red polo shirts. In addition to black and yellow polo shirts, high school students will also have Oxford shirts, blazers and fleece pullovers. Connecticut International Baccalaureate Academy students will wear red, black or gray polos, as well as color-coordinated blazers and fleece jackets.

Gary DeCavage, owner of The Connecticut Shirt Man, said parents may order items online and pick them up at the store, or order online and have items shipped to their homes. “We're trying to make it as easy as possible for everyone, and each school will have its own website that parents can order from directly,” said DeCavage.

For more information, contact Connecticut Shirt Man at 800-348-7679 or go to the website www.ctshirtman.com.

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