Last night was the school Aloha Dance, at which I'm sure some students were dressed for the theme--and no, I hope that doesn't mean grass skirts and coconuts!
Throughout the the week, students were encouraged (via the daily announcements, read by students) to wear Hawaiian shirts on Friday. So far, so good.
Come Friday, the only people I saw in Hawaiian shirts were staff and faculty.
At my school we've elevated the status quo to an art form. This was the Aloha Dance because the first dance of the year has always been the Aloha Dance and it's always been at the end of the first week of school. It wouldn't occur to most people even to consider changing it.
Yet the vast majority of students didn't participate in the "dress up day".
The first rally of the year was also yesterday. It's the traditional "first rally of the year" rally and was conducted just like last year's "first rally of the year" rally, and the year before that, and the year before that.... Anyway, at this rally, students wear their class t-shirts, with each class having a distinctive color.
Now why would you exhort people to wear Hawaiian shirts on a day when they clearly need to wear their class t-shirts? Was anybody thinking about this?