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Boys and Girls Club plans to help bridge the learning gap for students

Lynette Adams
Updated: July 30, 2020 05:40 AM
Created: July 30, 2020 05:05 AM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Just as parents are preparing for the possibility of a hybrid or a virtual school schedule, the Boys and Girls Club of Rochester is also making plans.

The club hopes to fill the gap for some families. What does that mean?

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The Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Club of Rochester Dwayne Mahoney says that the gap could be a large one for thousands of families in the city and he wants to do his part to provide help at least for 100 families.

The club normally closes in September and reopens a month later, but not this year. Mahoney says the club will be open all year and over the next month transition, it's 29,000 square foot building into a school.

Mahoney says he and staff learned from the experience in the spring and want to be prepared for the possibility of hybrid or virtual learning. He says he's concerned particularly about students who were already struggling in school before the pandemic.

Pre-pandemic, the club could hold 256 children, but now with social distancing and without the use of it's gym, it only has room for 100 kids, according to Mahoney. Those kids will be able to go to the club daily, get their school work done and get help from tutors.

“Most of our parents are essential workers in some form or another and I’m not sure we've thought through the burden on parents for collecting the homework and getting their kids to accomplish it and where do they go when parents have to be at work 5 days a week,” Mahoney said.

He also says if the state gives clearance for the use the gym, more kids would able to attend every day.

Currently, at least 100 children will have a place to rely on Monday through Friday, if schools reopen.


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