(KPLR) - The Whirlpool Corporation is helping to boost attendance in the Riverview Gardens School District and helping students dress for academic success through its Care Counts Program. The appliance manufacturing giant donated washers and dryers to the district so elementary and middle school parents can wash their children's clothes. Whirlpool made the generous donation after it commissioned a study that shows a link between attendance and clean clothes. More than 600 teachers across the country were surveyed. The results show one in five students don't have access to clean clothes in America. Because of that, thousands of young students don't go to school. Riverview Gardens is one of two school districts in the country selected to participate in the pilot program. By all accounts, school officials say the Care Counts Program is a huge success. They say attendance is up, academic performance is up, bullying is down and students look and feel good about themselves.
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