Parent Laundry Center Working Toward Student Success One Load at a TimePrint This Post
by Byron Wellman
School & Community Relations Coordinator, Baldwin County Schools
Lakeview Academy, in partnership with Northridge Christian Church, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on September 30 to celebrate the grand opening of an all new Parent Laundry Center at the Academy. The Parent Laundry Center, which is available during school hours for parents to do laundry, is an innovative program organized by Northridge Christian Church that aims to leverage community resources to help families ensure that their children’s clothes are clean and fresh every day.
“This is something we are very excited to see come to our school,” said Lakeview Academy Principal Shawne Holder. “This center will help us meet a critical need for some of our families. Clean clothes have a huge impact on a student’s self-esteem and academic performance, and we are thrilled to have Partners in Education like Northridge Christian Church helping us make it easier for our families.”
Parents also have the opportunity to explore other resources and volunteer opportunities available while they’re washing their clothes in the laundry center.
“We are proud to come together as a community to partner with Lakeview Academy, Pamlico Pools, Citizens Bank, World Hi-Fi, & Baldwin County Family Connection to serve families in our schools,” said Northridge Connections Pastor Amy Raburn. “Our goal is to alleviate some financial burdens faced by families in our area. We feel that this meets a need and also shows that the BOE cares, the teachers care and the community cares for parents’ and students’ well-being.”
Baldwin County Family Connection’s strategy for FY20, according to Collaborative coordinator Janet Cavin, is to enhance and support early childhood health and education opportunities for families to ensure educational success and healthy outcomes.
“The Laundry Resource Center is a vital component in our strategy, because it provides families with the opportunity to have clean clothes for their children to wear to school and will cut down on absenteeism,” said Cavin. “While the parents are washing clothes, they are free to use a computer or utilize resources to help their children with math or reading skills—or to volunteer at the school. This is a wonderful example of community-wide collaboration between our schools, churches, businesses, and our Georgia Family Connection Collaborative.
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