Eight Baltimore city schools are receiving washers and dryers under a partnership aimed at improving attendance.
Whirlpool partnered with the Family League of Baltimore to launch a laundry program in select community schools, a specialized group of 56 city schools throughout the city that partner with organizations to provide extensive wraparound services to students.
The pilot program will track the correlation between clean clothes and attendance rates. The schools selected will track data for 10 students and share the results.
In recent years, several schools have installed washers and dryers in schools to improve attendance after educators found that the stigma of not having uniforms, or clean clothes, contributed to chronic absenteeism.
"We are hoping to prove how the simple act of washing clothes has the power to make a positive impact on students and communities," said Amy Bernstein, a spokeswoman for the Family League, a non-profit that supports children and families in Baltimore.
The schools participating in the pilot are: 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.