The Rockford Police Department is partnering with a local laundromat to help students keep their school uniforms clean.
The program, called “Fresh for Learning”, allows students from low-income households to do their laundry for free. Every Wednesday in May, officers will help middle and high school students with their laundry at Save-A-Day Laundry on North Main Street.
The program runs each Wednesday from 5 – 8 p.m.
All students need to do to wash their laundry items is to bring a school I.D.
One officer said she’s seen the challenges some students face to wear a clean uniform to school.
“Prior to being a resident officer, I worked in the schools for nearly eight years, in all of District 205’s schools,” said Officer Patrice Turner of the Rockford Police Department. “I saw there was a great need for fresh clothing, fresh uniforms, to be exact. A lot of kids were truant. They would skip school because they didn’t want to come in with dirty clothing at times. It caused things like bullying to go on.”
The partnership is open to the first twenty students that arrive each Wednesday, in a first-come, first-served basis.