I go to a private school with a strict uniform code. The only shoes we are allowed to wear are penny loafers, which are made of leather. There are lots of non-leather alternatives to penny loafers, and I want to write a letter to the principal of my school asking him to consider making these a part of the uniform instead of leather penny loafers. However, I’ve never done anything like this before, so I have a few questions. When I write this letter, should I talk about why non-leather penny loafers are a good decision or should I get straight to the point and simply suggest them? Also, people in my school have tried things like this before, and are often ignored. I was thinking a petition signed by students would help to persuade him. Is a petition a good idea? and if so, should I give it to him with the letter i write him or should I only get a petition together if my letter is ignored? And how persistent should I be on this? My final questions are, have you ever done anything like this at your school? How did it work out? Thanks a million!
Some people can’t wear leather because it is against their religion. I would add this and also include cost, the environment, and the animals when discussing the topic. If the school sees that many people are concerned they may make non-leather an option.
Definitely write to them, in a letter. You can tell them abusing animals is against your beliefs, and that if they encourage students to wear alternatives to leather they will also be helping out the environment as less formaldehyde and cyanide will dumped into our environment. Nasty stuff.
Hi eris111, I know this is a little late, but I do have some suggestions. I have worked on petitions before at my school. My guess is that in the past letters are often for comfort reasons, but yours in for moral reasons. I’d start by saying that you understand why they’re required, but that you have some concerns. Give detailed information on the issues, and then close by proposing an alternative and offering to help. I would go ahead and get a petition started and deliver it with the letter. Also, use a traditional letter, not email. This will make it clear that you’re serious about it! Good luck!