MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A Frayser church created a virtual learning site for students.
With over 100,000 Shelby County students learning virtually, many parents have to juggle working and supervising their children’s online education.
Shaneta Fletcher worked through that issue with her son while she worked during the day.
“Every break I had to call home to make sure he was doing his work and stay on top of him,” Fletcher said.
Now Fletcher drops her son off at the Impact Baptist Church and Ministries.
The church transformed event rooms into learning centers for children to learn virtually on their school-issued tablets while their parents earn a living.
“It is very hard for parents to be at home with children and having daily lives as far as being employed. So we wanted to be a solution for the community,” said Michelle Jones who works both staff and volunteer with MBI PAL.
Jones told FOX13 all the children must have their temperature checked and hands sanitized before they can enter the building. Then, they sit at tables six-feet apar,t in sections divided into elementary, middle and high school.
Their tablets are connected to the Wi-Fi and teachers know their student is at Impact Church with supervision.
“When they come here they do their work," Jones said. "We understand their schedule whether it comes from a parent email or a conversation with their teachers.”
The program is free and students receive breakfast, lunch and a snack at the end of the day.
A state grant and an anonymous donation help cover the cost.
“I am a parent and my child is here. I need it honestly," Jones said. "I also wanted to volunteer to make sure that my son got the best care that he needed and he was in a place with other students.”
The program has enough room for about 100 students because the focus is on learning and also safety.
If you are interested in enrolling your student, check out their website.
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