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Dallas Schools Keep Kids In Class By Keeping Them Clean With New Washers And Dryers

December 28, 2016
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STELLA M. CHAVEZ / KERA NEWSStaff from the Dallas-based architecture firm, Looney and Associates, recently contributed supplies like laundry detergent and dryer sheets to J.W. Learning Center. The firm’s president bought the school a new washer and dryer. Some Dallas schools got an early Christmas present – a washer and dryer. It sounds unusual, but school leaders say some families can’t afford their own machines, so students either don’t go to school or show up in dirty clothes. KERA reports on how the community is helping keep kids clean and focused on school. It’s a pretty frigid December afternoon and a couple dozen volunteers are busy unloading a U-Haul truck outside J.W. Ray Learning Center in Old East Dallas. They’re delivering supplies to the elementary school – chairs, shelves, gym equipment and laundry detergent. Lots of detergent. “Each employee, we all contributed a large container of laundry detergent, a packet of dryer sheets and $20 to go toward playground equipment,” said Lauren McGowan, a designer at Looney and Associates, a Dallas architectural firm. Her boss and president of the firm, Jim Looney, contacted the district recently after hearing about a Dallas school that received a washer and dryer. Looney ended up buying J.W. Ray Learning Center its own washer and dryer and got his staff to donate other items. The school is a five-minute drive from the firm. “You know, it never dawned on me that something as simple as that – clean clothes – what an impact that made on a child’s life, especially their performance in school,” Looney said. So...

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