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Whatcom Boys & Girls Clubs announce remote learning support fall programs at clubhouses

FERNDALE, Wash. — Addressing what Boys and Girls Clubs of Whatcom County Chief Executive Officer Heather Powell referred to as “a great deal of uncertainty in the lives of children and their families” and to how to support children during their school days, Project Connect was recently announced.

Powell shared the news with the following video posted to YouTube.

During the video, Powell said the program was the result of polling families and talking with school districts to find out how they could help.

Project Connect is an on-site program for school age kids offered at clubhouses, including the Ferndale Clubhouse, and Kids World care centers from 8am to 2pm Mondays through Fridays. Participants will connect with their schools’ remote learning systems while receiving support from clubhouse staff to complete their work. Clubhouse staff will provide additional literacy and math activities as needed to support participants. Lunch along with accredited Boys and Girls Clubs programs covering art, music and physical movement will be provided.

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Powell said staff will be adhering to current health guidelines including mandatory mask wearing at all times. In addition, participants will gather in groups of 12 and will not be allowed to co-mingle with other groups of children and no drop-in program will be offered. All participants are to arrive between 8am and 8:15am and stay at the program until at least 2pm.

Clubhouses will continue to provide after school programs from 2pm until 5pm including STEM, additional academic support, programs, games and social-emotional mentoring.

Project Connect participants can be enrolled for 5 or 3 days a week. Financial aid is available for those that qualify.

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Project Connect enrollment began Friday, August 21st.

We know that for a wide variety of reasons your child might need a place to go during the day or you might want them to have academic support or you might need them to have an internet connection that supports streaming or an outlet where they can be with some of their peers in an environment where cleaning and health protocols recommended by the health department are being implemented. Boys and Girls Clubs of Whatcom County has designed Project Connect with these things in mind.

Boys and Girls Clubs of Whatcom County Chief Executive Officer Heather Powell (August 20, 2020).

Ferndale School District Communication & Community Engagement Director Erin Vincent said in an email to My Ferndale News the district plans to make school district sites available for remote learning for those students with internet connectivity challenges. This will be available only to students who cannot access the internet in any other way. Additional information can be expected to be available soon, she said.

The first day of classes in the Ferndale School District for the 2020-2021 school year is scheduled for Wednesday, September 2nd.

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