The New York state school system set up regional enrichment centers for children of front-line works. In these centers, the children do their homework in spaced-out desks, eat three hot meals and learn how to protect themselves from COVID. These centers served the children’s needs while their parents fought COVID-19 at the forefront as medical personnel or as essential workers.
8,000 children continued their learning, were well-fed, and learned protective measures against COVID-19. Essential workers were freed up and so, they were able to continue the life-saving work.
Economic inequalities were minimized because the centers were open for all parents who needed the service for their children.
Story shared by Margaret Sergon, USA, based on a story originally collected by the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies of Ball State University, Indiana, USA.