With the spread of the Coronavirus outbreak, Governor Tom Wolf has declared all schools will be closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 academic year. The shift from traditional classroom-style learning to virtual learning is now becoming the new normal, with students taking tests, hearing lectures, and participating in discussions all through their computer at home. While many of us assume that this transition would be easy, for many low-income students, it has posed a difficult problem.
A significant amount of low-income students in Philadelphia and its surrounding regions do not have access to internet or adequate computers/laptops, making virtual learning nearly impossible. In an effort to assist the students throughout the area, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia distributed over 700 Chromebooks to local schools in need. According to CBS 3, representatives from 16 schools will pick up the Chromebooks over a two-day period, all while practicing safe social distancing. Archbishop Nelson Perez, who was named Archbishop of Philadelphia in January, blessed the first group of laptops which left the Archdiocese on Monday.
During this unprecedented time, it is important to remember our youth and students who are struggling with getting proper access to an education or even a meal to eat. There are so many ways to give back!