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WASHINGTON HEIGHTS, Manhattan — One in 10 New York City public school students live in some form of temporary housing, and many don’t have access to laundry services. A school principal in Manhattan is trying to change that.

“I feel happy and excited,” Jasmine Almonte, 6, told PIX11 News on Thursday.

The first-grader and her big brother, Angel, loved seeing a new washer and dryer being unveiled at P.S. 132 in Washington Heights because now, like so many of their classmates, their mother will have some help to make sure they have clean uniforms when they go to school every day.

“I think that is really good,” their mother, Soraya Rodriguez, said.

More than one in four students at Juan Pablo Duarte School don’t have a way to clean their clothes because they are either in shelters or doubled up with other families in temporary housing. City wide, over 100,000 students are in similar situations.

In Newark, New Jersey, washing machines and dryers have been installed in several schools.

P.S. 132’s teachers and aides would wash the students’ clothes at night. The school’s principal Wendy Poveda worked to get funding from Catholic Charities to create a laundry room in a corner of the school’s cafeteria.

Poveda said being able to wear clean clothes to school gives her students “equity, a sense of self, of belonging, good for self esteem.”

“It makes them ready to learn,” she added.

The washer and dryer will be operational as soon as the school-designed backpacks arrive. Students will be able to bring their dirty clothes to school in backpacks that say, “Wash me. JPD cares.”

“Every child will have a knapsack with their name on it. They’ll put it in their individual classrooms and a school aid will be doing the washing and then they will take it home,” Wanda Gutierrez, a parent coordinator, said.

Angel Almonte, 10, said he’s happy this will help his mother.

“Some people don’t get to wash their laundry … sometimes it’s really expensive,” he said.