Leah is always the first third grader through the door to My Kid’s Club after school in Selma. She walks in with a smile, bursting to tell her counselors about her day. For the next few hours, Leah will get reading and math help on her homework, go on an outdoor scavenger hunt focused on engineering and tech principles, design a project in our art space, eat a healthy snack and help her friends with a fun crossword puzzle. Her family lives on a $20,000 per year income, and if she wasn’t at MKC, Leah would be at home alone while her mom works long hours.
Or that’s what a normal day at MKC would look like for Leah and 200 other children in the Club, but we are living in different times now. The current COVID-19 pandemic is changing the landscape for everyone, particularly those Johnston County families who are already vulnerable. Those who can’t afford to miss a shift at work or stock up on toilet paper; those who rely on the schools to feed their children breakfast and lunch.
While we would normally be leading the kids in a civic engagement project or having our weekly drum lesson, our staff is instead tailoring our actions to fill the greatest needs remotely. We are:
- delivering care packages with snacks, activities, and personal notes from MKC counselors;
- partnering with schools to assemble and distribute educational and emergency resources;
- hosting phone “office hours” for families to access their MKC counselors for safety tips and concerns;
- identifying children we feel are at a safety risk to local agencies.
Whether we are working in crisis or not, we still need your help in guiding our kids towards success.