Elkhart's Roosevelt Elementary School will be the first public school in the city to require students to wear uniforms next fall.

618 students are enrolled at Roosevelt in grades K through 6. 

The colors and look of the new uniforms will be determined by a survey of parents and teachers.

The school says it will be dressing for success as it begins the first year of the STEAM program at Roosevelt. It's a new way of learning about science, technology, engineering, the arts and math.

"This is hands-on," said STEAM Academy Coordinator Tessa Sutton. "This is a high-level, critical thinking, processing that our students are going to really be able to connect to problem-based learning."

"There will be a lot of project-based learning, where maybe kids have computers, and they're working one-to-one with each other and their teacher doing research, a lot of presentations," said Principal Jeff Komins. "We really want our kids doing PowerPoints, making graphs."

Parents with whom we spoke said they feel the new program is a great way to advance their children's education on a number of different levels, including the adoption of a dress code.

"My daughter can have hands-on more doing this academy," added parent Denise Morris. "I like the uniform idea."

"Have the uniforms, I think the kids won't be made fun of," agreed Malisha Shuler, another parent. "There won't be as much bullying, so I think it's going to benefit our school."

"I think it will give them a sense of pride that they will love to come to school and that they would love to learn," said Rita McKinney.

Roosevelt is taking a step-by-step approach to getting the program going with it running at full potential in the next three to five years.

The school will hold a meeting this Thursday at 5 p.m. in the cafeteria to explain more about student uniforms and how the STEAM Academy will operate.