SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Not every student learning at home is able to do so with a few clicks on a computer. A solution on the Santa Barbara Eastside has come in the form of a learning center, now open, right across from Franklin Elementary school.
“Some of these kids were not even logging on. They weren’t going to school basically,” said Santa Barbara City Councilmember Alejandra Gutierrez.
With remote learning challenges, comes solutions before the school years gets too far along and some students get too far behind.
This newest site is at the Second Baptist Church on the Santa Barbara Eastside, and is an alternative to space at home, if there is any.
Claudia St. George works at the church and helped to coordinate the learning center. She says it is an environment that’s much different than many homes.”Some parents they have two, three kids, some five and they don’t have enough wi fi at home or the space is not big enough because they have the headphones they have to communicate with their teachers. “
This project was a collaboration, when some of the kids were seen inside cars at the school nearby just to use the wi fi nearby.
Right now about 20 show up, ranging from elementary to high school students.
The learning center is conveniently located just a few steps away right across Mason St. where Franklin school is located.
Tutors are also at the site when the doors open at 8 each morning to check homework and get the day started.
St George says, “sometimes they will be lost