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San Antonio parents caught in last-minute school uniform rush

Private school uniforms in high demand

SAN ANTONIO - It’s like the Christmas rush at Parker’s Uniforms on Northwest Military Highway, with hundreds of parents filing in to grab what may be the last school uniform left in their child’s size.

Many parents pre-ordered the uniforms, but then found their child did not fit in the size reserved.

Others felt pre-ordering was fruitless, since their children were hitting growth spurts.

That was the case for Rebecca Flannery, who was buying a uniform for three of her children attending San Antonio Christian Academy.

“We are running into issues, big issues,” she said.

Her daughter, Eloise, is a size 8, but Parker’s has run out of 8s as well as 10s, and it will be several weeks before new uniforms are stocked.

“We are looking at a 12 and how we can alter it,” said Flannery.

The other issue is price.

Private school uniforms can run from $150 to $350. That’s a tight fit on the wallet for the mother of Shiloh Verdekal.

“I know it’s a lot for her, buying all new uniforms -- new shoes, socks -- but I think it’s worth it,” she said.

Other first-timers say they will only buy one, but even that is frightening.

“(It's) scary. I don’t know what to expect. I don’t know the prices,” said one parent, who will be counting on donations of outgrown uniforms that may be available once school starts.

Some parochial schools began their school year on Monday, but many others begin next week. Most public schools start classes Aug. 27.


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