This Small Change Can Make Huge Difference in a Student’s Attendance


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The principal was shocked that she hadn’t realized earlier that many families simply didn’t have access to a washing machine — they either didn’t have them at home, couldn’t get to a laundry mat, or had had their electricity shut off because they didn’t have money, so they couldn’t use a washing machine.


One student spoke out about how such a seemingly small thing made such a huge difference in his life, saying:: “I think people don’t talk about not having clean clothes because it makes you want to cry or go home or run away or something. It doesn’t feel good.”

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Chaunie Brusie

Chaunie Brusie is a freelance writer, former magazine editor, author, mom of four, and a registered nurse with experience in OB, long-term and step-down care.

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