LA CROSSE, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – Virtual education continues to be a challenge for many students and families. First News at Nine’s David LaClair reports how a local organization is helping to make that learning process easier.
With COVID-19 in play, it’s not easy for a lot of families to adjust to virtual learning, and that’s where staff with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater La Crosse have come in to help.
Andy Kiel, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater La Crosse Director of Operations said, “Since schools went back to school with virtual learning, we’ve been here supporting families who are essential and have to go to work, and maybe don’t have the best at-home learning environment.”
Teigen Haye, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater La Crosse Director of Community Engagement said, “Since September 1, we’ve been open as an academic resource program, so basically meaning kids can come to the Boys & Girls Club to do their schooling and all our clubs are broken down into age-level classrooms.”
In addition to assisting with kids with individual online class studies, staff keep kids engaged with small groups for activities like physical education and art, a process that has been a learning curve for Boys & Girls Club staff.
Kiel said, “I think the biggest thing is that we’ve continued to evolve. When we first started, we were expecting to just be there to get them logged on and then monitor the room with a supervised staff, but now we’re realizing we have constant reminders to keep the kids engaged and support the teachers at all school districts we support.”
Also, as students prepare to return to in-person learning, the Boys & Girls Clubs look forward to resuming their after-school activities.
“Our after-school program will be started with kids who already are attending our program and increasing in small increments,” said Haye
Kiel said, “We continue to evaluate safety protocols, number of students in the facilities to re-open with the schools for an after-school program but making sure we’re continuing to have our cohorts make sure we’re providing the safest environment for our kids and staff.”
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater La Crosse currently have about 300 kids club-wide in the academic resource program and look forward to growing membership into 2021. More info on the clubs can be found here: https://www.bgclax.org/
In La Crosse, David LaClair, First News at Nine.
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