Parents find alternative care during teacher strike

Raleigh County
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The teacher strike can affect more than just teachers.

Many children and parents are feeling some stress as a result of the strike. Hillary Wills, Director at Stepping Stones Academy said they are open to helping parents. Anyone already enrolled in the academy has a definite place to stay.

As a parent herself, Wills understands any stress other parents might feel when trying to find a place for their children to stay through the strike. 

“As a parent, I would feel very flustered,” Wills explained. “As a kid, I would also. They’re used to their routine, and the strike has kind of thrown off their routine. We’re here to make sure their day goes as smoothly as possible.”

Wills also advised parents to look into different churches in the area, like Grayview Christian Church in Beaver, who will take in kids for the day. Stepping Stones Academy had to take in 15 extra kids Tuesday as a result of the strike.

In Greenbrier County, the strike called staff members at extended care centers, like the Emma Alderson Christian Academy, to be all hands on deck.

During last year’s walkout, Director Jodi Wiseman and her three fellow staff members, did not know what to expect throughout the course of not having any classes. But this time around, they said they are ready for anything, as they hope this fight is once again in favor of their fellow educators.

“They have a very important point to make about the charter schools, and we support them in that,” Wiseman said. “I have a wonderful staff. They’re very, very smart and qualified. It doesn’t take them but a second to think of exciting and fun things for our kids to do.”

Although keeping the kids engaged and active in learning is routine for their state-certified curriculum, they are taking additional steps during the strike to make sure kids do not miss out on such opportunities.

“We have art projects… a lot of book learning and worksheets,” Wiseman said. “We can even come up with spelling lists and things to keep the elementary school kids… working because you don’t want them to forget everything.”

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