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Pocomoke High Does Free Laundry For Students in Need

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POCOMOKE CITY, Md-A new program at Pocomoke High School is impacting students and their learning experience. 

For years, administration has been washing the clothes of a few students who can't afford to do so at home. Now--the school has turned it into a program, where students can do their laundry for free by dropping it off at the front office.

Pocomoke High School Assistant Principal Matthew Hoffman says, 

"We have roughly between 340 and 350 students here at any time at Pocomoke High School, right now we have roughly 70 percent of our students come from homes in poverty. We have at least ten of our kids that are currently homeless," he said.

The school says they are able to do laundry free of charge because some money comes from the school's budget, and they receive donations from local organizations and churches. 

The school hopes this evens the playing field for those who are more privileged than others. 

"They can drop their laundry off in a laundry bag in the office when they come in in the morning, and then they can take care of it during their lunch time, or they can do it during the after school program."

People in the area like Harriet Ennis says she supports the program.

"It's hard if you don't have the means at your home to be able to wash your clothes and things like that, so for them stepping up and doing this, it does take the fear out of the children."

The school says the washing machine's are located in a separate classroom so students do not have to wash their clothes around peers. 

 

 

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