This is a good example of why we're honoring local law enforcement this week!

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In a program called Fresh for Learning Rockford Police along with a local laundromat. are offering free laundry to low-income families. This program will allow these students to keep the school uniforms clean for free.

Middle and high school students will be able to go to the Save-A-Day Laundry on North Main Street, every Wednesday in May, and receive help from officers with their laundry.

 

Office Patrice Turner told WVTO that she's seen first hand the challenges some students face by not having a clean uniform to wear 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."

Fresh for Learning runs every Wednesday from 5 to 8 pm. This partnership is available to the first twenty students that arrive each Wednesday. It is on a first-come, first served basis.

All students must bring their school I.D. to launder their items. Students will be allowed to wash 2 loads of laundry.

Save-A Day laundry is located at 2209 N. Main Street.

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