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Kump Education Center programs starting

This September is a very important time for all people who care about education. Our whole way of life is now in transition, and schools must make dramatic changes quickly to help kids keep up with the new online lifestyle.

In the middle of the COVID-19 Crisis teachers and parents are struggling to give the next generation a brighter future. Kump Education Center is moving into a new phase with initiatives designed to help students deal with the challenges of online learning.

The Neighborhood Investment Program approved $4,500 WV tax credits for the Kump Education Center “Tech-Link Tutoring Project” this year. With this tax incentive we hope to earn $9,000 in NIP donations to help pay for tech savvy tutors who will help students cope with online learning.

On Sept. 1, the Randolph County Board of Education approved the project, K.J. Shaffer has agreed to help schedule tutoring for Distance Learning students. We also plan to work with students who are identified by their parents and teachers as needing help with technology.

Davis & Elkins College Career Counselor Chris Jones will help us plan online interviews with D&E students who want to serve as technology tutors for local school students.

Tutors may meet with the students in the Altice Learning Lab or they may work remotely from the college depending on the level of endangerment caused by Covid-19 at any given time. We hope to begin providing this service by Monday, Oct. 5 as an afterschool program.

KEC will make every effort to keep students and tutors safe. If necessary, we will let tutors interact with students remotely on Zoom or another digital platform.

If they meet in person at the KEC Altice Learning Lab, everyone will wear masks, wash hands, stay 6 feet away from each other, and wipe work areas before they leave the premises. The afterschool program will not function if the schools have to close for health reasons.

KEC will also host a “Family Learning Pod.” Two families will rent the Altice Learning Lab beginning Monday, Sept. 14. They will work on WV Virtual Learning curriculum from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday-Friday with one of the grandmothers who has 35 years of teaching experience.

This model is being used by many families around the country because they want to provide a more consistent school schedule than is possible when schools have to stop and start again to quarantine when students test positive for the virus.

During these unusual times, both parents and teachers are having to seek unconventional ways to create a new normal for children.

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