Once upon a time, lanyards were created and introduced to schools to serve a very practical purpose: to hold the IDs of students and staff. Nowadays, lanyards bear the schools’ logo and name, with the tagline sometimes, and have become a part of the school uniform. In short, ID lanyards are worn to promote the age-old virtues of unity and school loyalty.
While students may have varying views about school administrators mandating that they wear lanyards, here are some reasons why they should really be sporting them:
•The student body looks more professional with school-issued ID lanyards. Nothing could be more pleasant to see than all the students wearing the same cord, with the same color and length. Imagine students who wear their IDs in the most inappropriate places like those clipped at the hem of their shirts or at the garter bands of their pants.
•ID lanyards promote school spirit. Some schools order customized ID laces and they ask for the inclusion of the school’s logo, name, and tagline, if there’s any. Some lanyards are printed with the school’s motto or foundation anniversary theme. These design elements encourage students and the staff to be proud of their school.
•They lessen the cost of lanyards. Since these lanyards are bought in bulk, the manufacturer would sell them at a lower price. Besides, uniform designs are easier to make, so the school would be paying less for manpower.
•ID lanyards facilitate identification and could be a potential life-saver. While it is hoped that this does not exactly happen to students, but in cases of crime or any inconvenience, it would be easy for the police to identify a person especially if he is wearing a lanyard. CCTV cameras do not capture the face of a person that much, but with lanyards authorities could easily determine whether a person is a student and which school he comes from. While it’s a part of a lanyard’s main functions, security personnel could also make use of lanyards for identification purposes.
•These ID holders make life simple. You do not have to fuss over your ID as you simply flash or let it hang on your neck. It saves you from the trouble of rummaging in your bag.
•Lanyards are also a way of promoting responsibility among students. Seriously, how hard is it to wear lanyards? Sure it may be a little tricky to pin your ID, but wearing it with a lanyard makes things easier. Meaning, students will have no excuse not to wear their IDs.
•Wearing ID lanyards would make you feel that you are really part of the school. Call it campus unity if you will, but you would really feel safer and more grounded if you’re wearing proper identification.
If lanyards are so important, why do some students dislike wearing them? Some say that lanyards are only for freshmen, for the uninitiated. Others think lanyards are too self-limiting because somehow students are not allowed to wear just anything, more so if they refuse to wear their IDs. Add to that the “wear-it-or-else” rule in schools that make the atmosphere tense.
So what could probably be the answer to this? How can schools promote campus unity without being too rigid about wearing lanyards? The best option is to include the student body in the customization of ID laces. A competition could be held so that all students would be called to submit their ideas. Students will love this and they will be extra proud that their works are worn by their fellow students.
Simply put, they will enjoy designing their lanyards, thus encouraging campus unity in the process.