Ozark, Ala. (WDHN) — With schools across the Wiregrass transitioning to online programs, the Boys & Girls Club of Ozark is desperately looking for volunteers to assist in their distance learning program.
“Since Ozark City Schools decided to go completely virtual, we decided to do whatever was necessary to make sure that these kids and these families and this community have somewhere to go, so we have decided to be open from 7:30 to 5:30 every day,” said Haley Hales, Program Director of the Boys & Girls Club of Ozark.
The BGC has teamed up with Ozark City Schools to create a computer lab for kids enrolled in the program. That lab will be filled with advanced technology like Chromeboxes and Chromebooks.
“We are looking at doing online schooling here from eight to 11 every day,” said Hales.”We are also working with Ozark City Schools to get teachers to come in every day to help with that teaching aspect. We are also here with our staff going to do the absolute best we can to guide them and make sure that they can get as much out of this virtual programming as possible.”
There are currently 100 students enrolled in the virtual learning program and there is a waitlist. But, the Boys & Girls Club of Ozark needs help to have a successful program.
“With us being open all day and us not being used to that, we are not used to having staff here all day during the school year, so we are looking for volunteers that can come in from 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM and it doesn’t have to be every day, if they could just call us and let us know what their availability is, that would be awesome,” Hales said.
The virtual learning program at the boys and girls club is available for grades K through seven. For more information or to get involved by volunteering call 334-445-0512.