In November of last year My Kid’s Club gained a new member, Francisco. Francisco was referred to us by his school counselor because he had only logged on to his online classes twice since his school switched to remote learning. He had essentially been absent from school for four months.
We were thrilled to welcome Francisco to the Club. He got one-on-one help logging on to his class and specific time allotted for online learning. His teacher was delighted to see him attend his first live session; she told him how handsome he was because she had never seen him before. We put together a set of supplies for him to store at the Club and use every day – laptop, materials, and books.
Francisco has been attending MKC for five months now and is doing his daily assignments, attending his virtual classroom sessions, eating three meals a day, and having fun growing and learning with other children.
There are more Franciscos in our community than we know.
We’ve been in the midst of a pandemic for more than a year now and our community’s students are struggling. When Johnston County Schools went virtual, MKC transitioned from an after-school club to an all-day learning center open from 7:30am-6:30pm on weekdays. We became a home base for families as they tried to navigate through job loss, food insecurity, lack of childcare, and concern for their children’s well-being.
We are proud to say since March 2020 we have:
- Supported more than 130 elementary and middle school students in all-day and after-school learning, plus another 120 spaces for 2021 in-person summer camps.
- Served over 10,000 meals and 14,000 snacks to our students to offset pandemic-related food scarcity.
- Maintained a supply of 60 laptops and other tech equipment to allow students to access their virtual classrooms while at the Club, plus provided tech support to families for at-home access.
As we look towards another year filled with uncertainty, we are asking for your help to provide stability for some of our community’s most vulnerable children. We’re pleased to announce the My Kid’s Club 2021 Annual Fund Campaign kicks off April 10 and runs through July 30.
We invite you to join us in helping prepare Johnston County’s next generation for the challenges ahead by making a tax-deductible gift to My Kid’s Club today. There is no better investment we can make than in our future.
Sincerely and with thanks,