Elementary student pens to letter to superintendent regarding policy on wearing hats

TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) A Twin Falls elementary school student is throwing his hat in the ring when it comes to debating his school's dress code. Fourth grade student Enrique Vera recently composed a hand-written letter to the Twin Falls School District Superintendent. Superintendent Brady Dickinson was so impressed with Enrique's letter he decided to write him back and met with him at Rock Creek Elementary on Tuesday.

KMVT image, Enrique Vera.

"I was really impressed," Dickinson said. "I don't get very many letters from students, and when I do it's even fewer from elementary students."

"When I wrote I was surprised not a lot of students write about that," Enrique said. "I wasn't expecting to get written back."

In the letter to Superintendent Dickinson, Enrique list several reasons why he believes hats should be allowed in school. Like keeping the light out of your eyes because that can make you go "nuts."

“The light was shining in my eyes and it was very annoying when I was working," Enrique said.

He also says something as simple as a sun hat can hide a bad hair day, or block pesky window sun.

"Sometimes you can put your sun hat lower, and you can still see down at your work," said Enrique.

And the last reason in Enriques letter, but certainly not the least.

“My last reason I am a citizen of these United States and where does it say in the Constitution I can’t wear a hat to school," Superintendent Dickinson read aloud with the letter in hand.

And even though the current school dress policy still remains in place, a friendship between school administrator and student has formed, and a kid with a bright future ahead of him is just starting to shine. Now Enrique plans to take his petition to the state government.

"I'm going to go straight to the state superintendent," Enrique said.

To read Enriques full letter, click the attachment included in this article.

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