GOOSE CREEK, SC (WCSC) - Students at Goose Creek High School who are unable to wash their clothes at home can get it done at school thanks to a teacher who saw a need for a laundry service.
Students Coral Runge, a sophomore, and Marchaila Singletary, a senior, are helping other students at their school.
"We're learning to give back and just to help somebody that can't have what we would usually have at home," Runge said.
Students from Cooper's service learning class are volunteering to wash their classmate's clothes.
Cooper noticed there was a need for a laundry service at school and talked with school leaders to make it happen through the help of donations.
"Our guidance department had several students that would ask to use the telephone so they could obtain change to go to the laundromat that day to wash their clothes," Cooper said.
Whirlpool officials say Cooper was inspired by the Whirlpool Care Counts program and proposed to create a similar program at the school. The Whirlpool Care Counts program is currently in more than 60 schools across 10 states.
The free and confidential laundry service at Goose Creek High is to help improve student attendance.
Students who have access to clean clothing go to school 10 more days than they would without, according to Whirlpool.
They also have shown an 84 percent increase in class participation.
"To build from within and to create a positive culture in our school is just unbelievable," Cooper said.
She says students in the program say they wouldn't be able to come to school on a regular basis if it wasn't for this program.
As of now, the program can serve up to 15 students but they hope to expand.
"I'm a part of the Beta Club and National Honor Society, so doing service for me is just a natural thing," Singletary said. "l feel like whether someone asks for it or not, everyone needs help in some sort of way so I just wanted to lend a hand where I was needed."
Students must fill-out an application to be a part of the program.
They are given bags for their laundry and their clothes are cleaned and returned the same day they bring them in.
"Growing up I was really the one that did laundry, and I know how important it is to have clean clothes on time for school and important events so I wanted to help," Runge said.
If you'd like to help, Goose Creek High School is looking for laundry detergent that is free of fragrance and artificial dyes, disposable sanitary gloves and dryer sheets.
The items can be d ropped off at the school's front office.
The laundry room was presented in memory of Tina Knapp, who is the mother of five Goose Creek High Alumni. She also coached t-ball and softball at Menriv Park and mentored dozens of future students.
Her husband donated the washer and dryer for the students to use.