Orioles throw down the "Go Orange" challenge

Think you've got all of your back-to-school clothes? Think again, Orioles fans.

They say you shouldn't wear white after Labor Day. Fortunately, with Birdland in the midst of an historic season, you won't fret about missing out on that dapper, white outfit. From now on, it's orange all the way.

The Orioles have issued a challenge to all elementary, middle and high schools in the state of Maryland to "Go Orange" and demonstrate their support for the Orioles. Schools are encouraged to decorate their classrooms, gymnasium and other indoor spaces; adorn the outside of their school or athletic fields with an Orioles look; or to involve students in demonstrating their Orioles pride, including wearing orange or Orioles clothing.

Schools will be judged on their overall creativity, school spirit and best use of orange. The winning school will receive a visit from an Orioles player and the Oriole Bird on Thursday, Sept. 27, just before the Orioles play the Red Sox in their final home regular season series of the year during Fan Appreciation Weekend.

For more information, students, teachers and school administrators are invited to visit here. Details regarding a school's involvement can be submitted, along with a photo, at this Web site beginning Friday. Only school administrators are eligible to submit a form and only one form should be submitted per school. Entries must be received by Thursday, Sept. 20.

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