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To combat student absenteeism, Whirlpool brand, in partnership with the nonprofit Teach for America,
Has provided MacArthur Elementary School, 655 N. Fourth St. in Las Cruces, with a washing machine and a clothes dryer as part of Whirlpool’s Care Counts laundry program.
MacArthur Elementary is one of two schools in New Mexico invited to participate in Care Counts, which expanded to include the state last year. The other participating school is an elementary school in Albuquerque.
Whirlpool found that nearly 70 percent of the schools nationwide that participated in the program saw an increase in attendance, averaging about 12 more days in the classroom during the 2021-22 school year than the previous year, Whirlpool said.
"In an effort to meet the needs of the whole child, we are so proud to partner with Whirlpool to offer free laundry services for our community,” MacArthur Elementary Principal Yuri Castillo said. “Our goal as a community school is to remove the barriers and challenges that our students face on a daily basis, and this partnership is one of those ways in which we are affecting change in the lives of our kids and their families."
"This generous partnership benefits our entire district and serves as a model for how corporations can become part of something good for kids, and for our community," said LCPS Superintendent Ralph Ramos.
Now entering its eighth year, Care Counts is operating in 10 states, including New Mexico.
"We're proud to continue growing the Care Counts laundry program, particularly at a time when we're seeing the detrimental impact the pandemic continues to have on the ability of our young
students to attend school," said Whirlpool senior brand manager Nelly Martinez. "We're incredibly thankful for the school leaders and volunteers across the nation who are integral in keeping this program running, staying connected with students and their families, and providing more vulnerable people with access to clean clothes."