Every day, thousands of kids miss school just because they don’t have clean clothes. This happened in some school of U.S. But Dr. Melody Gunn, former principal of Gibson Elementary School in St. Louis, Missouri decided to find the solution when she noticed that some students were Missing School just due to dirty clothes.
In an interview with FOXBusiness.com, Gunn told, “We don’t want a student to m is the School because their clothes aren’t clean.”
After a research by Gunn it is found that many of these kids came from low-income families and they have to go friend’s homes or at a laundromat, for laundry. But sometime they are not able to do this because of money shortage.
Gunn decided to took help from whirlpool as if they can donate a washer and dryer to a school.
The company decide to survey more school. What they discovered in the survey in 600 schools that nearly one in five students did not have access to clean clothing. According to the press realease from Whirlpool.
Whirlpool than started a program, Care Counts, under this he decide to provide Gibson Elementary and other 11 schools with washers and dryers. School will enlist a person to act as a program leader.Person could be a teacher, administrator or parent. The leader identify students for the program and anonymously tracks their loads of laundry, attendance and grades.
The program not even improved the attendance of the school but increased the motivation in the students. Due to the increased attendance, 89% of the students scored good grades, according to Whirlpool.
Martha Lacy, principal at David Weir Preparatory Academy told Today, “This program has made a difference, and if we can make a positive difference with even one student, its ‘worth it.”
Whirlpool even plans to cover 30 more schools under this program.