So instead of punishing the students for missing school, Cook, who has been principal for two weeks, kicked out the football team from their locker room and put in washers and dryers so students can do laundry.
He got a grant for $20,000 to buy five washing machines and five dryers, along with what was needed to change the locker room into a laundry, NJ.com reported.
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Local businesses and families have donated laundry supplies, NJ.com and WABC reported.
He says being there for his kids will correlate to their grades.
"Because the kids feel that and they'll fight on that SAT or that test the same way you fight for them," Cook told WABC. "That's who I am."
The laundry room will be open for students Monday, Wednesday and Friday starting Aug. 27, before the school year starts. Then it will be open daily starting Sept. 4.