From the Toledo Blade:
As Toledo Public Schools prepares to reopen its doors to students, community agencies and district officials have teamed up to open community learning centers that will help combat issues associated with virtual learning and a lack of resources as a result of the pandemic.
TPS officials and community leaders announced Thursday the launch of its first learning center at the Tabernacle Church at 531 Pinewood Ave.
Calvin Sweeney, the church’s pastor, said he is proud to be a part of a collaborative effort that will help families navigate the challenges of remote learning.
“This means that we get the chance to be a good neighbor,” he said. “We’ve already encountered grandmothers and parents who are struggling with remote learning and are frustrated. We have people waiting for Monday’s launch, so this is going to help a lot of kids.”
Brian Murphy, the Toledo schools’ transformational leader of strategic management, said the district-wide centers will offer students a chance to receive resources — including tutoring, food services, and mental health services — as families continue to adjust to the pandemic’s effects.
“We know that while many of our students are remote learning, they are missing out on the impact that strong adult mentors can have on their learning and development,” Mr. Murphy said. “Our community is again stepping up to help us meet the needs of our students, and provide them with the tools and resources they need to be successful.”
Each community learning center will serve as a hub for students to complete their virtual instruction during school days designated for remote learning.
The centers are a collaborative effort between the district and community partners including the Lucas Metropolitan Housing Authority, Junior Achievement, Pathways for Successful Leadership, RFS Behavioral Health, the Toledo Museum of Art, and the United Way.
Read the Toledo Blade's article "Community groups, TPS team up for learning centers," featuring the Lucas Metropolitan Housing Authority.