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Color Me Blue


My youngest grandson just started Kindergarten this year. As his class was beginning a unit on colors, the students were instructed to wear a different color shirt each day for the first two weeks. His older brother is in second grade and to help the younger ones learn their colors, the older students were invited to join in by wearing the same colors on certain days. Neither one of my grandsons owns a purple shirt, so their mom and dad felt they had to purchase them in preparation for “purple day.” I can understand their thinking, however, I wonder about those children whose parents cannot afford one extra shirt, much less two new ones. Of course, every child wants to fit in and feel like they belong, but I feel strongly that classrooms (and schools) place too much emphasis on the so-called fun activities that usually involve spending. Even though wearing the color of the day is optional, I believe younger students might worry about being different than everyone else, more so in the sense of not fitting in because they are not wearing the “right” color. And isn’t this something we all worry about regardless of our age?