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BGCK Offers Virtual Learning Support Program

BGCK Offers Virtual Learning Support Program

Breakfast Items Needed

Kenosha, WI – August 6, 2020 – The Boys & Girls Club of Kenosha will offer a virtual learning support program for students beginning September 1st and for the duration of KUSD’s virtual learning plan. The Club will be open for members from 7am – 5pm (instruction hours vary depending on grade level, but fall within that timeframe). Students must be picked up by 4:45pm. Breakfast and lunch will be served each day. This program is made possible thanks to partnership with Kenosha County, Jockey International, and KUSD. In the event that KUSD transitions to a hybrid plan or full in-person instruction, the BGCK’s virtual learning program will stop and transition back to the normal after school hours and programming.

Pre-registration will be open to current members and those whose memberships were active during the 2019-2020 school year. Pre-registration will be open from August 10th – 14th at the front desk of the BGCK from 7am – 7pm. The Club will be able to serve a maximum of 90 students ages 6 -12, and 50 students ages 13-18. If spots remain after pre-registration, then the program will open up to new members on August 17th. Members must commit to attending a minimum of 3 days per week in order to keep their spot in the program active. The BGCK will be able to help students without internet access those who need support during this time.

Morning bus transportation to the Club will be offered from the following elementary schools: Jefferson, EBSOLA, McKinley, Grant, and Grewenow. While registering, parents may sign up their children for the bus. Drop off and pick up directly at the Club is available as well at any time throughout the day. Complimentary city bus tokens are available for teens and can be picked up in the Teen Center on the first school day attended.

Students who receive free and reduced lunch may attend the virtual learning support program for free (documentation required). Otherwise, the cost is $60 per week. A current membership is required and is $20/year. All sign ups must be done in person.

Students will need to bring their KUSD Chromebook, headphones and any materials needed for school work. Staff will help students get logged on each day, will assist with meals and general supervision. BGCK staff members are not certified teachers and therefor will not be leading any classes or instructing KUSD curriculum. BGCK staff will assist with school work as needed. Masks are required for all students and staff. Social distancing and sanitation practices will remain in place. These policies were developed with guidance from the Kenosha County Health Department.

Funding for lunches is secured, however the cost of offering breakfast is not covered and would be a large additional expense for the BGCK. When a child is hungry, we know that their level of focus and productivity decreases significantly. The BGCK will be conducting a breakfast item drive beginning immediately. The Club is in need of shelf stable breakfast items including but not limited to: cereal, granola bars, cereal bars, pre-packed individual fruit cups, juice boxes, small Styrofoam bowls, and plastic spoons. All packages must be unopened. Items can be dropped off at the front desk of the BGCK Monday – Friday from 7am – 7pm.

The Boys & Girls Club of Kenosha is a youth guidance organization dedicated to promoting health, social, educational, vocational, cultural, character and leadership development. The Club helps youth improve their lives by building skills, values and self-esteem. When you support the Boys & Girls Club of Kenosha, you support the kids who need us the most and their great futures ahead. Visit www.BGCKenosha.org/donate to donate today.