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Rams, Pacsun donate washer/dryer sets to schools [Video]

The Los Angeles Rams and youth fashion retailer Pacsun have partnered to donate washer and dryer sets to schools in Compton and Los Angeles to help combat chronic absenteeism caused by a range of challenges including limited access to clean clothes, it was announced Tuesday.

Through the recently launched Loads of Love’ program supported by the non-profit Thinkwatts Foundation, 20 schools from the Compton Unified School District and Los Angeles Unified School District will receive a set, according to Brie Olson, chief executive officer of Anaheim-based Pacsun.

The U.S. Department of Education describes chronic absenteeism — missing at least 15 days of school in a year — as a widespread educational crisis. Research shows that students in underserved communities are chronically absent due to varied challenges including poor health, limited transportation, lack of safety and limited access to clean clothes.

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