Under the partnership, eight city schools in Baltimore will receive Whirlpool washers and driers. The laundry program will allow schools to track connection between attendance rates and clean clothes. Each school participating in the program will select 10 students, track data and share the results.
Several schools have already installed washers and dryers, in an attempt to improve attendance. This comes after educators discovered the stigma of not having clean clothes and uniforms, contributing to chronic absenteeism.
Spokeswoman for the Family League, Amy Bernstein, said, “ We are hoping to prove how the simple act of washing clothes has the power to make a positive impact on students and communities.” The Baltimore Family league is a nonprofit that funds and coordinates programs to improve the lives of children and families.
Among the schools participating in the laundry program include:
- Armistead Gardens
- Graceland Park O’Donnell Heights Elementary/Middle
- Margret Brent Elementary/Middle School
- Moravia Park Elementary School
- Patterson Park Public Charter School
- Tench Tilghman Elementary/Middle School
- Barclay Elementary/Middle School
- William Pinderhughes Elementary School