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Whirlpool combats chronic absenteeism by donating washing machines to schools

Here are some heart-breaking statistics released by Whirlpool after an extensive investigation.

  • 1 in 5 students lacks access to clean cloths. Kids that miss school are 7 times more likely to drop out.
  • Many students skip school rather than attend wearing dirty clothes.
  • 25% of public-school teachers surveyed, spend their own money to help students launder their clothing.
  • 72% of teachers surveyed believe students that wear unclean clothes are likely to have fewer friends.
  • 3 in 5 teachers said their students are likely to experience mental health and behavior problems because of wearing unclean clothes to school.
  • 78% of teachers said students who wear unclean clothes to school are likely to be bullied.
    But Whirlpool is helping to solve this problem with its Care Counts program.
  • In 2017, participating high-risk students increased their attendance by an average of nearly 10 days during the program.
  • In 2018, 2 in 3 participating elementary students at high risk for chronic absenteeism increased their grades during the program.
    • In the past 5 years, whirlpool has assisted 38,000 kids in 82 schools with the opportunity to launder their clothes at school.
      It is great to see companies like Whirlpool that see a problem and donates their machines, money, and time to better our communities.

To nominate your school, click here.

To learn more about Whirlpool and the Care Counts program, click here.

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