Friday, December 7, 2012

1912 - New York Decides Clean Students not Worth the $$$

The Appeal (Saint Paul Minn)
December 7 1912

Gotham Board of Education withdraws
Plan when Cost is Estimated at 
$350,000 a Year

New York--The proposal to supply soap and towels to the children of the New York public schools, which received endorsement from many local societies a few weeks ago, has been cast aside by the board of education, which decided that, while such cleanliness was desirable, it was too expensive a luxury for adoption at the present time.  The cost of supplying the towels and soap was estimated by a special commission at not less than $350,000 a year.  Paper towels would cost $300,000 a year, it was found, and the mere laundry expense for cloth towels would exceed $300,000 annually.

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