Clark County church offers study space for students doing remote learning

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A Clark County church is providing local students with a space to do schoolwork and receive tutoring as several local school districts are having online learning due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“We decided to do it because we know that there are many families that are going to struggle as long as their kids are online - whether it’s because they can’t go back to work or because they aren’t sure how to help their student through school," Andrew Franzen, a student pastor at Restoration Park Church in Medway said.

He added, “We were looking at what God has given us and how he has positioned Restoration Park Church and we have space, internet and people that love to volunteer and help out our kids."

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The remote learning center, located at 55 Restoration Park Drive, is open 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday for local students in grades K-12.

Franzen said the remote learning center started about two weeks ago when students in the Tecumseh Local School District went back to school remotely. On Wednesday, there were 15 students registered to come to the center, but he said the number of students fluctuates daily.

He added that the remote learning center can handle around 30 students with social distancing guidelines.

Students are expected to wear masks, use hand sanitizer, sit at separate tables and bring their laptops, chargers, schoolwork and lunches, Franzen said. Students in the same family can sit together.

He added that the tables are wiped down daily and the space is professionally cleaned once a week to limit the possible exposure to COVID-19.

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To help students with remote learning, volunteers including retired teachers, college students and local residents are available, Franzen said.

He added that the space tends to be a place for older students to do their schoolwork, but "our younger students need a little more help with the computers and stuff.”

Residents that want to register a student for the remote learning center should download the church’s app and follow the sign up link, Franzen said.

Restoration Park Church does not have an end date for the remote learning center as of right now, he added.

“Like most things the future is kind of foggy, it depends on what the schools decide to do. If all the schools go back in person, we will have to reevaluate it,” he said.

For more information about the remote learning center, call Restoration Park Church at 937-318-9127.

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