Donation helps life skills students get back on track

By WEEK Reporter

January 25, 2013 Updated Oct 26, 2013 at 1:19 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Some students at Manual High School are getting a clean start thanks to two very generous couples.

Last year, the washer and dryer used in Manual's Life Skills class broke down, and the school was unable to pay for replacements.

That's when Casey and Kimberliegh Johnson, and David and Barbara Wickness stepped up and donated money to buy new machines for the program.

Friday, Manual High School staff thanked the couple for their generosity.

Not only are the machines brand new, but they are also faster and more efficient.

"Getting the wash done in the past would take so long and we'd get started on that and then go into another project and that project would be interrupted. Where we can just move right through the laundry now and get that skill taken care of," said Kim Grimes, Life Skills Teacher at Manual High.

Life Skills students will use the new washer and dryer to wash the school's sports uniforms and blankets.

The program helps teach Special Education students skills they need to live independently.

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