ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – A group of St. Louis city police officers is raising money to put washers and dryers in public middle schools across the city.

Sgt. Heather Taylor is president of the Ethical Society of Police, the union representing black law enforcement officers.

She says kids sometimes stay out of school because they don’t have clean clothes — and that can’t happen, especially at this age in this city, where it doesn’t take much to start spiraling downward.

“We don’t want kids to be placed into the system because of something as simple as them not feeling comfortable enough to go school because their clothes are unkempt and they’re not clean,” Taylor says.

ESOP recently installed a washer and dryer pair at Yeatman Liddel Middle School through money raised at a trivia night.

Taylor says they will try to have at least two more trivia nights this year in order to install a washer and dryer at a school in the central corridor, and one in south city.

The officers eventually hope to put them in every school that doesn’t already have a set.

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