August 2018: growth[period] is proud to support West Side High School's free laundromat in Newark, NJ. When students were bullied because of dirty clothes, principal Akbar Cook installed a free laundromat at school. The laundromat is available to students between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. It has five washers and five dryers, and detergent donations have been pouring in from all around the US.
Kids who could not afford to wash their clothes faced intense bullying when they showed up in dirty outfits. Bullying is a huge factor in students skipping class and hurts overall academic performance. Principal Cook has created an Amazon wishlist page for those who would like to donate laundry supplies to the school. See the full story here.