A School Installed Laundry Machines and Increased Attendance Dramatically

By Andrew Pillow

Chronic absenteeism is a problem across the board. Many people have offered up root causes and solutions but as it turns out, one school district found a solution that was far simpler. Doing their laundry.

Whirlpool, through their Whirlpool Care Counts Program, donated seventeen pairs of washers and dryers to school districts in St. Louis and Fairfield. The schools invited kids with chronic attendance problems to bring their laundry to be washed while they were in class.

Over 90% of the students that participated in the program increased the amount they attended school that year.

Read more about the program here


Andrew Pillow

Andrew is a technology teacher at KIPP Indy College Prep. He is graduate of the University of Kentucky and a Teach for America Alum. Andrew just recently finished his commitment as a Teach Plus Policy fellow, and he is looking forward to putting the skills he's learned to good use. Andrew has written for several publications in the past on a wide variety of topics but will be sticking to education for his role on Indy/Ed.