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KCK after-school program hopes to help students amid classroom closings

Posted at 9:16 PM, Mar 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-17 23:33:21-04

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — At KC Urban C, there is one simple rule.

"You don't come to school, you can't come here," Marjorie Thomas told 41 Action News.

The after-school program is now considering changing that mindset after Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly ordered K-12 schools to close for the rest of the academic year. Her announcement was unprecedented and will replace in-person instruction with virtual lessons.

"I really can’t imagine," Thomas said. "Kids with this kind of freedom, parents having to go to work regardless. It’s not going to work real well."

Thomas volunteers her time with KC Urban C, spending many afternoons working one-on-one with students. She tutors them in math and reading, and helps them with their homework.

Now, she and the after-school program's executive director are trying to create a plan to help students and their families.

"Somebody threw a monkey wrench in, so we are not sure how this is going to work," Thomas said, "but we are going to figure out a way."

KC Urban C pairs kindergartners through fifth-graders with seniors. The organization is operated entirely off of donations and volunteers.