Anybody with kids and anybody without kids who doesn’t own a washing machine knows how much of a bummer washing clothes can be. It’s not cheap, it’s not usually convenient, and when you aren’t able to get clothing washed you can feel pretty awful about yourself. Former principal Dr. Melody Gibson at Gibson Elementary School in St. Louis, Missouri, found herself at a loss as to why her (mostly low-income) students were suffering such low attendance rates. They had free or reduced lunches. What else was holding them back? Read the full article