MANHATTAN, New York — Officials at a Manhattan school installed a washing machine and dryer in the building to help students who are homeless.
There are more than 100,000 homeless children enrolled in New York Public Schools, according to a report by Advocates for Children released in October.
Up until now, the teachers of P.S. 132 in upper Manhattan had been bringing home and washing the clothes of students who are homeless or have no access to laundry services.
The washing machine and dryer will be available to all students at the school for free. The machines were paid for by the Catholic Charities of New York’s Alianza Division.
Principal Wendy Povedaw will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday. Students and parents will be joined by officials with the Catholic Charities Community Services New York and Catholic Charities Alianza Youth Services.
Correction: This post previously noted the ribbon-cutting ceremony would be on Friday. It’s on Thursday. The post has been updated to reflect the correct date.