Freedom Project plans virtual classes

By FOR THE E-T,

The Sunflower County Freedom Project is adjusting to the new educational landscape created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 22-year old organization is no longer able to hold their typical afterschool and summer programming for 7-12 graders due to the stay-at-home orders.

“It is so strange not to be able to open our building to students,“ Executive Director Nick Onyshko says, “We are sad to lose that in-person time together this summer, but we are also aware that a lot can be achieved virtually and through online platforms.” 

Starting June 1, students will be able to take classes online aimed at stopping summer learning loss and promoting fun educational engagement.

“We want our students to be ready for next school year, no matter what. Our 7-9 grade students will focus on math and reading, while our 10-12 graders will take college bridge courses on many contemporary topics like pandemics and the 2020 election. We know it’s summer, so we promise that students will also have fun,” Onyshko adds.

In addition to the online classes, students will receive daily breakfast and lunch delivery, as well as weekly in-person check-ins by staff.

“We want our students to know that even though they are at home, they are part of our community and we care for them. We know they’ll miss the social aspect of our summer program, so we are making sure that we connect with them regularly just to check in. “

Sunflower County parents interested in learning more about the program can check out the SCFP’s website at sunflowerfreedom.org/get-involved or call the organization at 662-569-2441.

Students will be required to have a laptop and internet connectivity to join the program.

The SCFP can assist families to get that technology in place. 

Normally, the SCFP charges tuition for their programs, but because of the challenges many families are facing at this difficult time, the summer program is free to all.

Spots are limited in the program, so parents are encouraged to enroll their students before May 25.

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