LORAIN — Parents of students attending Lorain Schools will be able to enter a drawing online by the end of this week to win one of 1,500 sets of school uniforms being provided by the Cleveland Browns.
District spokeswoman Sarah Egan-Reeves said a link will be live on the website where students and parents will make a pledge to attend classes and will be entered to win a raffle for a “Titan Pride Package” from local uniform supplier Schoolbelles.
The packages are part of the Titan Pride Apparel Equity Program, which has a goal of providing a set of uniforms to every student by the beginning of the coming school year.
The packages include three polo shirts with the Lorain Titans shield and sword logo, two pairs of pants, a belt and one Titan Pride T-shirt.
Each package is $56 plus $5 for shipping in youth sizes and $60.50 plus $5 in shipping for adult sizes. They can be purchased at Schoolbelles.com.
“Some of the 1,500 uniforms will go to students and families who enter the raffle,” Egan-Reeves said, “but some of them will also go to targeted kids who we’ve noted as being as chronically absent.”
Egan-Reeves said splitting up the 1,500 uniforms being purchased by the Cleveland Browns makes it so children who are being targeted to improve attendance are not the only ones in the Titan polo shirts.
“But at the same time we want to be able to track the students who are chronically absent to see if providing them with uniform packages helps their attendance,” she said.
District spokesman Eric Bonzar said the 1,500 free uniforms will be offered only to kindergartners through ninth-graders because that’s where the district has noticed a substantial amount of chronic absences.
“But the hope is to get all students with a set of free uniforms by the 2019-20 school year through community donations and pledges,” he said.
Anyone interested in donating funds for the Titan Pride Apparel Equity Program can contact district chief of staff Elena Gonzalez at (440) 830-4000 or firstname.lastname@example.org.