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Worcester Schools Are Now Offering Free Laundry For All Kids Because It’s Our Job To Be Parent For Shitty Parents Who Don’t Know How To Parent

Worcester Schools Are Now Offering Free Laundry For All Kids Because It’s Our Job To Be Parent For Shitty Parents Who Don’t Know How To Parent

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TurtlegramA clean change of clothes may be refreshing. But can it stop a student from missing school? The Worcester school administration is betting it can, with plans underway to begin installing washers and dryers at four schools next school year and possibly more after that. The effort is buoyed in part by Sullivan Middle School’s experiment with a washer and dryer this year, which principal Josephine Robertson credits with helping students become more comfortable going to school.

“Sometimes kids come into school wearing clothes that are not very fresh,” she said, explaining Sullivan has a high concentration of students from low-income families – specifically, 57 percent of the school’s population qualifies as “economically disadvantaged,” according to the state’s records. “That makes them feel isolated in the classroom, which then leads to other issues.”

One of those issues is chronic absenteeism, which the state defines as missing 18 days or more during a single school year. Last school year, slightly more than 16 percent of Sullivan’s student population was chronically absent, nearly two percentage points higher than the district average and four points higher than the state average. Using some of the school’s fundraising money, Ms. Robertson said she bought a new washer and dryer before the start of the school year, and tasked the school’s wrap-around coordinator with assisting children who wanted to use them during the school day.

“It’s a practical solution to a practical problem,” she said, adding so far the new service seems to be keeping at-risk students from missing too many school days. “We talk about school as having two prongs – there’s the academic side, and the social side. And one cannot be more important than the other.

“Our plan is really to make kids feel like school is home,” said Worcester Superintendent Maureen Binienda, “so they can just focus on learning.”

When Ms. Binienda mentioned at a recent meeting with potential public school benefactors her wish to install washers and dryers at other schools, UMass Medical School Chancellor Michael Collins volunteered his institution to help finance the initiative. This week, representatives from the university confirmed UMass is on board to pay for the appliances, although they had not yet worked out the details, including the funding mechanism it will use.

I posted the above clip to The Wire because it’s obviously the motivation for this. Some SJWs with grant money to spend and an insatiable desire to feel good about themselves, who have never interacted with an inner city kid their entire lives, got together and said, “Ya know, I saw on The Wire that the reason kids aren’t coming to school is they smell like shit and their clothes haven’t been washed.” Then another SJW said, “Oh I know, let’s buy them all washing machines. That will make them wanna learn!!”

Seriously, just find a 10th grader at Burncoat or South. Any kid will do. Ask them if the reasons some of their classmates aren’t coming to school is because they don’t have clean clothes. They’ll laugh at you. Because they know more about the reality of public schools than 99% of the people making decisions for the public schools. Kids aren’t missing school because they don’t have clean clothes. They’re missing school because no one is making them go to school. They’re being raised by animals who don’t value education and think school is something you should probably go to once in a while if you can fit it into your schedule.

Normally I like Maureen Binienda, but this quote was dumb:

“Our plan is really to make kids feel like school is home,” said Worcester Superintendent Maureen Binienda, “so they can just focus on learning.”

Newsflash – School is not your home. Home is your home. We already give them free breakfast and free lunch, to go along with the free food stamps their parents receive from the taxpayers. All we are doing is enabling lazyness. How freaking hard is it to make your stupid kid a bologna sandwich in the morning? But that’s too much to ask so we accomodate them. Now we’re doing their laundry too. So what’s next? Mom and Dad are working late nights so Johnny is gonna sleep at school too? Where does it end. School is NOT YOUR HOME!! Go home.

And let’s talk about the logistics of this. So….kids are just gonna walk to school a mile in the freezing cold while holding a hamper full of dirty drawers? Because if you can’t get them to come to school in the first place, I’m sure they’re gonna be more inclined by the prospect of lugging soiled loins through Webster Square.

Here’s some more questions none of these feel good hippies have thought about:

  • What happens when Uncle Tommy realizes he can have his clothes cleaned for free at school instead of wasting his quarters at the Jim Dandy?
  • Who’s paying for maintenance of the machines?
  • Who’s paying for the dyer sheets and detergent?
  • What happens if 50 kids wanna do laundry on the same day?
  • Won’t the kids lugging loads of laundry to school be stigmatized for being…..poor? Isn’t that something SJWs like to avoid?

Then again they obviously didn’t think that far ahead. They just watched an episode of The Wire and now they’re all experts on growing up urban.

The bottom line is that this becomes generational. Free lunch and free breakfast have become a way of life for too many people. Now free laundry won’t just be a thing that some random school has. It will become the norm. Kids will come to school expecting them to do their laundry for them. Next will be sleepovers and cable TV. Because as Maureen Binienda said, Our plan is really to make kids feel like school is home.” The goals of big government isn’t to save poor people. It’s to replace your parents with the government. And when you do that no one learns how to be self sufficient, and people remain trapped in cycles of poverty. Then again, without poverty people like Jim McGovern would have a hard time getting elected. They need people to stay poor so the government can fix all their problems. Frauds.



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40 Comment(s)
  • Break the(wash) cycle
    June 4, 2017 at 7:11 am

    It will help with bullying and teaches the kids a lil responsibility that their parents dont do.It also gives the kids a chance to shame their parents into doing the laundry.Kids are always suffering because of their douchbag parents and this gives them a chance to take their cleansiness into their own hands.

  • Kjd
    June 3, 2017 at 12:47 pm

    All these people commenting that don’t ask for help for anything. None of them have loans, lease cars or use credit cards. But, they are so angry when a child who can’t help themselves, needs help. Interesting.

    • that's stupid
      June 3, 2017 at 10:26 pm

      You’re an idiot

      • Kjd
        June 4, 2017 at 8:38 pm

        ^Go pay your bills and mind your business.

  • Insane
    June 3, 2017 at 7:23 am

    Is this really an actual thing?! Kids are not missing school because their clothes are not Snuggle fresh. They are missing school because their gutter muppet parents were too drunk and or high the night before to be parents! Through an absolute oversight on my part, I ended up living downstairs from 2 of welfare’s finest with 3 kids. ZERO parenting. Kids are out till all hours, mom and dad are not home to greet the kids when they come home from school, and help with homework? A cure for global warming will happen before that does. Now mommy and daddy will send their kids to school with bags of laundry. Another system hack thanks to the morons of this idea.

    • Break the(wash) cycle
      June 4, 2017 at 7:14 am

      How is that the kids fault?

  • Kerri Bishop
    June 3, 2017 at 6:38 am

    This isn’t about kids “feeling bad” and missing school. This is about a few teachers tires of having to smell the weeks old Newports, old Henny, and broken dreams that have baked into these kids clothes. Can you imagine how gross some must smell? Just get the teachers that stuff trash men smear under their noses to block out the stench, might save us a few bucks.

  • Big Raymond
    June 2, 2017 at 5:40 pm

    If you’re a irresponsible shit-bag parent the government will raise your offspring to be just like you, bums.

    If you’re a good parent and bust your back raising your kids the government will fry your butt should let them walk to park by themselves.

    In 6 months free laundry will be considered a right.

    Section 8 housing, free school lunch and breakfast, obama phone, internet access…. Why should anyone making under 50k a year bother working?

  • Teacher's Rule
    June 2, 2017 at 4:46 pm

    I saw a ton of comments bashing TB for posting this. Here’s my two cents. We don’t pay teacher’s enough as it is. Unfortunately, a ton of teacher’s and school staff as a whole get slammed on Facebook. I must be one of the lucky one’s. My children have had amazing teacher’s (in different school district’s .) Amazing bus driver’s and staff. If you want the school to start doing YOUR child’s laundry, then start paying more. They already spend an enormous amount of time and resources on OUR children.

  • KimberlyS
    June 2, 2017 at 4:26 pm

    Did you ever have that ‘not so fresh’ feeling?

    (I’m kind of old – google it if you son’t know what I’m referencing)

  • Bite Me
    June 2, 2017 at 3:34 pm

    My mother who is 78 said “Christ on a cracker” when I read this article to her. My mom raised 5 kids and no child support. She washed our clothes on a scrub board in the bath tub. Scouts honor, my aunt helped her. So these parasites who can only spread venerial diseases, and their legs can spit out a kid figure out how to get WIC, Mass Health, food stamps, section 8 and everything else for free but won’t wash these “vouchers” clothes? Oh wait that’s it, their rights! Scum bag parasites need to learn responsibility too. But I’m sure thatd interfere with visiting their baby daddy in prison. When this population sends “humans” into extinction I hope animals end up in charge.

  • Joyce
    June 2, 2017 at 2:48 pm

    Just turn the school buildings into laundries worked by the children like they had in England, Ireland, and even here in Mass. until a bunch of nattering busybodies mistakenly shut down the practice a century or so ago. Better yet, give over the education of our children back to the Church where such responsibilites belong.

  • titi ho
    June 2, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    I hope they are paying for this bullshit out their own pockets.??

    • itsjustme
      June 2, 2017 at 2:42 pm

      Not sure who you mean by “they?” Schools are paid for by the taxpayers, so even if the school did pay for it, that money would still be coming from the taxpayers.

  • WHAT?
    June 2, 2017 at 1:34 pm

    “Our plan is really to make kids feel like school is home,”

    Next step is to make school home. Pregnant “mother” just has to waddle from her favorite club to the school, squat, drop the kid, and waddle back to her favorite club and work on her next “welfare benefit”.

  • Chris
    June 2, 2017 at 1:30 pm

    I can’t believe that nobody has access to a washer and dryer at home these days (either in the apt. or as a coin-op)!

  • Maury
    June 2, 2017 at 11:47 am

    When your average 12 year old figures out that his mom isn’t getting the laundry done quick enough and he has to pick a dirty shirt out of the dirty laundry pile, he will get busy and wash it out in the sink with some soap, hanging it to dry. He will grow up to be very successful. He is not a leach off of society who wants the school to take care of his every need.

  • Tim
    June 2, 2017 at 10:57 am

    The job of the schools is to educate the young. It should not be the job of the school to provide for cleaning clothes. If the city is interested in making sure people have clean clothes then maybe they should get these “donors” to fully fund and staff a community laundromat. I doubt that it would last very long because it’s not a good idea. It is a worse idea for schools, who have a different mission altogether, to take this on.

  • whatevuh
    Dick Hertz from Holden
    June 2, 2017 at 9:36 am

    Hey wait just a minute, you’re only showing black kids, I’M TRIGGERED, THAT’S RACIST !!

  • Mary
    June 2, 2017 at 8:49 am

    The difference between the terrific act of the teacher in the scene from “The Wire” and Robertson/Binienda’s approach lies in the person to person nature of the help. It is good and wholesome for individuals to reach out person to person to those in need and meet those needs when they notice them. In this way, human kindness is expressed and the kid gets to know that there are people who will notice what you need and try to help you. That kid will grow up to be that same kind of helper for others. When the “institution” of the school takes on this and it becomes someone’s job to wash the kids dirty laundry so they can pay attention in school, there is no more person to person connection, no more human relationship building that leads to the meeting of each others needs. Maybe if the schools started taking care of their teachers rather than going out buying washing machines then teachers could get back into the business of noticing the kids that need help and providing that. No raise for Worcester teachers this year but we are starting a laundry business for students.

  • Froggy
    June 2, 2017 at 8:26 am

    Some valid points here but you miss the bottom line. I know for a fact that some kids miss school over laundry or wear the same clothes all week. Absolutely the parents suck but poverty is huge in WPS. Too many families are homeless, doubled up and not able to care for the kids. Nobody likes paying for free meals and laundry but there are two huge points. 1) the need is there. The kids are showing up hungry and dirty. And 2) it’s not the kids fault! The schools job is to educate but when the parents fail these kids they have to remove these obstacles so that they have their best shot to get that done and have some chance of breaking the cycle.

    • Nemo Me Impugne Lacessit
      June 2, 2017 at 2:23 pm

      I’m a bit torn on this one, but inclined to agree with “Froggy”. If there is a true need to help students with clean clothes and there is a direct correlation to attendance and performance, then I believe this is a low effort solution with a high value. It’s important not to mix in too many extraneous issues or subjective analysis and focus on a clear scope of problems and potential solution considerations.

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    June 2, 2017 at 8:00 am

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  • They call me Ponch
    June 2, 2017 at 7:12 am

    I would have loved a place to launder my crusty socks and drawers that smelled like sticky bleach in High School.
    Nah, my mom did.

  • Woody
    June 2, 2017 at 6:57 am

    Guess what else they forgot? THE SEWER IMPACT FEE!!!!

    Some woman in City Councilor George Russell’s district wanted to turn a store into a laundromat to serve a neighborhood need. The City told her she could od it, but she has to pay $300,000 in sewer impact fees because of what the washers would discharge into the city sewer and drainage systems.

    How much will the sewer impact fee be to schools when they add a new use of laundromat????

  • Independent Thinker
    June 2, 2017 at 6:44 am

    “Not very fresh,” really means the kids stink! Just another example of why certain kinds of people should not be allowed to breed. Losers will create another generation of losers.

    Poverty is not an excuse to live in filth and to paint graffiti on buildings.

  • itsjustme
    June 2, 2017 at 6:22 am

    Some towns are now doing free breakfast and lunch during the summer, because feeding their kids over half the year is apparently not enough anymore.

  • whatevuh
    June 2, 2017 at 6:19 am

    Even the National Park Service knows, you don’t feed the animals because they will become dependent on humans for food, and won’t go get their own . . . . same thing here folks, EBT, free school meals, laundry, phones etc. It might make SJW’s feel good, but it’s not helping in the long run.

  • dcfdoesnothing
    June 2, 2017 at 6:02 am

    wouldnt it be considered as neglect for a parent to send their kid to school dirty? too bad theres not an agency that helps kids in this situation with the home piece!! OH WAIT !! there is but dcf marks every neglect case as “unfounded”.

  • Steven Stover
    June 2, 2017 at 3:50 am

    I like the idea of school uniforms and dress codes. Creates school pride and makes the gangbangers conform.

    • Too Tall Tim
      Too Tall Tim
      June 2, 2017 at 2:14 pm

      I like the idea of uniforms too, but who is going to pay for them? If the kids can’t even get clean clothes from the parents how are they going to get specially designed school uniforms? If the ‘family’ is poor and can’t (or won’t want to ) buy special clothing will the taxpayers be hit with the cost. My catholic grade school discontinued uniforms back when I started third grade. I think of the expense because by the time I got to high school my family had become financially distressed and the cost for designated school clothes would have been an added burden. Especially since by the time of graduation I was 7’5″ and my uniforms would have to have been custom made. My clothing is very expensive.

  • Sterling Turtle Rider
    June 2, 2017 at 2:52 am

    Not to mention, how many times is Johnny’s mother going to claim “he brought in all of our brand name clothes and they were ruined, you owe us $15,000 to replace it all!”

    Another crazy scheme, all cooked up under the guise of ‘good intentions’

    • Anon.
      June 2, 2017 at 10:38 am

      Great point!

  • Craig
    June 2, 2017 at 12:26 am

    Guaranteed this is a added cost to the taxpayers. Because their slacker parent{s} are too lazy.

  • mystressovmayhem
    June 1, 2017 at 11:52 pm

    Just another moonbat shit sandwich to the taxpayers. So some one offered to pay for the machines. They pay for soap too? The water bill? This is just more ridiculousness from the left.
    In Taunton there’s a project being built off Washington st so as to make sure everything is within walking distance wtf!!
    Literally the grocery store, court house, DYS, DCFS, A YMCA for babysitting, Dominos, a Subway, Wendy’s, bank, welfare office, mass health office, hospital, and post office are literally steps away. Talk about enabling! How the fuck is that going to spark initiative?
    The country has lost its collective mind, and if we don’t stop, our great grand kids are going to be paying to clean up this mess.

    • LocalYokel
      June 2, 2017 at 11:38 am

      This is the new ‘city center style’ of living being pushed upon urban centers by Soros funded Socialists. Everyone living in their own hive and never leaving. See the new project on Rt 9 at the old Spag’s site. Guess we need to build another one of those combined condo/retail areas because the one on Rt 30 in Westborough is thriving so much.

  • Chip Striker
    June 1, 2017 at 11:30 pm

    Put those saggy ass pants in the dryer a few extra times. Then do a Congo line through the local car wash, and hand out belts so nobody has to see their filthy underwear.

    Filthy animals.

  • Mr Butthurt
    June 1, 2017 at 11:23 pm

    Everyone gets a trophy mentality does not work.

    • Alex Cee
      June 2, 2017 at 6:41 am

      Don’t worry, we weren’t planning to give you a trophy.

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