Freedom Church Opens Pop-Up Learning Center
NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA – A Chatsworth church opens its doors to help parents keep their kids in school while learning virtually during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Freedom Church follows three values, one being to adopt the city. They started the Pop-Up Learning Center to help their community. The free program accepts kids from kindergarten to eighth grade.
“We knew that during this time right now, financially parents and families are hurting. We wanted to provide a resource that was absolutely free with no strings attached,” said Vanessa Rodriguez, Campus Director.
The Pop-Up Learning Center strives to provide a friendly save environment for the children. Parents register their kids online. The center can only accommodate for 40 students per day. Learning Center Lead Rosa Millian says the program follows CDC guidelines. They assure each student keep their distance, wear their mask and wash their hands. Additionally, the center separates each table six feet apart and disinfect regularly. Each volunteer is required to undergo a background check.
The program works with LAUSD’s Grab & Go program to provide breakfast and lunch for the kids every day. The Learning Center helps students with whatever help they need, however, they do not offer a personal tutor. Volunteer Cindy Brandel has two daughter attending the Learning Canter. She says this has been an answered prayer because both her daughters can now concentrate.
The Pop-Up Learning Center is open on weekdays. They will continue to operate until schools reopen.
By Karina Gutierrez
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