Last year during this time, our children entered the spring break program that wouldn’t end. After multiple closures and program cuts due to the coronavirus pandemic, we were able to keep the youth program open through Spring Break 2021, and are looking forward to a robust summer enrollment.
We experienced ups and downs during the Fall 2020 after-school program. The children were shuffled between online and in-person classes throughout the year. There were weeks when our fall enrollment dropped to 4 students.
To meet the needs of the community, we shifted our program between an all-day program to assist with the virtual learning platform and an after-school program to support in-person learning. Because our students attend different schools, there were times when some of the students only had virtual learning at their schools, so they needed SHAPE for all-day programming; while other students’ schools required in-person classes, so the children needed SHAPE for after school support.
As the school schedule was beginning to normalize, Texas suffered through a devastating winter storm disaster and the children were thrown back into uncertainty. With your support, SHAPE was able to remain constant in providing the children with a safe space, educational and emotional support, and many of their physical needs, including a warm space with electricity and running water for more than 50 families; and meals and drinking water for more than 300.
The spring Break 2021 program maintained an enrollment of 10-15 children and families are already registering for summer.