Effective Monday, March 16, 2020, Future Foundation, including all after school sites and administrative offices, will be closed until further notice. This action is being taken in an effort to slow the rapidly spreading COVID-19 virus. Students and all employees should not report to school or work until further notice.
We believe this decision is in the public’s best interest if it means we can contribute to protecting our students and the community’s health and well-being.
Two clear needs have emerged that Future Foundation is moving to swiftly address:
1) EDUCATION: Supporting our students as they navigate the world of virtual learning to maintain their academic progress
2) PREVENTING HUNGER: connecting our students to healthy meals that they would have otherwise received at school so they don’t go hungry.
EDUCATION: Virtual Learning
During the school closure, students and teachers are keeping up with course work through virtual learning. Our Program Team is connecting with teachers to understand their lesson plans so that we can support student learning through daily virtual or conference call-based tutoring. In addition, our staff is using virtual classrooms and other innovative measures to deliver after school enrichment curricula in the areas of social and emotional development, parenting, behavioral therapy, and health education.
While some of our students received devices from their school earlier this year and are familiar with using these devices to complete and submit school work, many of our students still do not have access to the technology they need to learn digitally.
Future Foundation is urgently exploring ways to create a lending library of laptops and tablets for our students, which they could check out in weekly or monthly increments to stay on track with course work.
PREVENTING HUNGER: Connecting Students to Healthy Meals
All students that Future Foundation serves rely on free lunch during the school year. To help meet this need, Fulton County Schools is working with the USDA’s Seamless Summer Option to provide free grab-and-go meals at select schools three days during the week. While the program distributed nearly 50,000 meals this week alone, many of our students do not have the transportation to pick up these meals and do not have enough food to sustain them throughout the week.
Our Program Team is stepping in by delivering these meals when possible and supplementing this food with additional groceries or grocery store gift cards to ensure our students have enough food for the entire week. Future Foundation has already provided groceries to families in need, and will continue to offer this support on a case-by-case basis to families who are facing extraordinary challenges. We are also in conversation with local schools and our USDA meal provider to deploy Future Foundation buses for additional meal deliveries.
In addition to the above priorities, Future Foundation is continuing its case management work and connecting families to community resources such as the United Way 2-1-1 hotline as needed. We will continue to rely on the partnerships and relationships that we have cultivated for nearly 20 years to remain agile and responsive to our families’ most immediate needs—however big or small.
Thank you for your ongoing support and prayers. Providing consistency during this time of crisis will help ensure that our students and families can continue their journey up and out of poverty, ready to take on the world and change the trajectory of their community.
Please give today so that we can continue to meet the quickly growing needs of our students. Together, with your support, we can ensure all of our students can count on continuing their education and getting the nourishment they need to keep them healthy. As one big family, we are in this together, so join us in being there for others when they need it most.