Radiah Johnson is no stranger to teaching. Before COVID-19, she was an English substitute teacher at some Cumberland County Schools; however, since the pandemic struck, she’s been jobless.
That all changed when friend and property owner, Shanicha McNeil, offered up her birthday party venue, at 2007 Ramsey Street, as a new learning center.
“Now, I kind of do what I do best with kids. I’m a motivator, I’m the inspiration, I’m the ‘get your butt up and get your work done,’ that’s me, haha,” Johnson said.
In its second week, the new learning pod business has gathered up four Cumberland County students who are utilizing the resource.
“For them to sit there for four or five hours, it’s hard for them to stay focused. So, I can imagine them losing focus more at home then a place like this, because then they have people around them that are doing the exact same things,” Johnson said.
Johnson and McNeil’s son, a math expert, spend the school week helping and keeping students accountable from 8 a.m. to noon. They enforce CDC guidelines by separating study tables by six feet, require masks inside, and vary the lunch schedule for each child.
Johnson tells Eyewitness News they also incorporate plenty of outdoor activities, all for the cost of 50 dollars a week. “The kids really have nowhere to go, parents still have