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Hickman Mills School District expands access to legal, laundry services

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Posted at 4:26 PM, Jan 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-31 17:26:45-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Hickman Mills School District is hoping a new program is able to help families with laundry and legal questions.

The district announced this week a new partnership through LINC and the Justice in Schools project that will give families an on-site attorney that can help families dealing with eviction, foreclosure, family law and health care.

A second partnership through the Loads of Love program gives district families access to five new washing machines and dryers. Even laundry detergent and dryer sheets will be provided, thanks to Giving the Basics.

“There’s really a lot of needs for families beyond the classroom,” attorney Garrett Christensen said.

Christensen will be the on-site attorney helping families navigate legal issues.

“To be able to connect with families in this way and provide some of these services is really important,” he said.

The district formally announced the new services at an event Friday morning.

“These partnerships support our continuous effort to eliminate the barriers for our students,” Superintendent Dr. Yolanda Cargile said in a release. “It’s about building trust with our families. It’s about access to resources. It’s an honor that the district can be a model to our community.”