Back to School
With the increase of COVID-19 cases in Oklahoma, public school systems throughout the state are revamping the upcoming school year. Some school districts have introduced a hybrid model of teaching where children will learn from school two days a week and three days virtually at home, while others have decided that students will learn virtually from home five days a week during the first nine weeks. These plans can change quickly based on COVID numbers.
While the upcoming school year appears to be moving students to learn virtually from home, Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children (OBHC) must make plans to assist with the education of students living in our care. Education has always been a top priority for OBHC. Most children who come to live on an OBHC campus are 2-3 years behind academically. Our goal has always been to work with both student and teacher to not only catch them up but also encourage them to excel in their studies. This belief has not waivered during these times. OBHC holds a very high standard of ensuring each child receives a quality education.
In order for OBHC to help these students who call OBHC home to succeed, adjustments must be made on each campus. Campus Administrators are working with their local school districts to create and implement updates. We will provide more details in the coming weeks about specific plans. These plans will assist each student as they work alongside their teacher and ensure no one is left behind.
OBHC’s plan involves establishing a learning “center” on each campus, which will provide a place for every child to study, use technology, communicate with their teacher and actively receive help. This approach will vary according to the needs of each campus. All campuses will place an increased emphasis in virtual learning for the student.
So, what does this mean? How can you play a vital part in providing a quality education for OBHC children? Your gift today will help make these learning centers a reality. It will allow OBHC to equip these centers on campuses, provide additional technology to allow students to learn, as well as hire educational staff to assist students. This will be no easy task and will require adjustments. As you consider your gift, please know your support will not only impact but support the 200+ children who call an OBHC campus home. OBHC believes in the value of education and I pray you will join us as we continue to invest in children’s lives.
At the end of last school year, OBHC students worked extremely hard to finish strong and together earned a cumulative campus GPA of 3.27! We want to continue this success as we work together with school officials to keep each student safe and see each one succeed in their educational pursuit. Will you help make this a reality as we work together during this time of virtual learning?
Greg McNeece, President