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100 Black Men of Valdosta offers free school program middle school, high school boys in district

Posted at 6:34 PM, Oct 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-15 18:34:18-04

VALDOSTA, Ga. (WTXL) — Going from in-class learning to learning online can be difficult for some children.

That's why one organization in Valdosta is opening their doors to families who want their kids to learn in a different environment, but not necessarily send them back to brick and mortar.

The 100 Black Men of Valdosta is offering a "safe and sanitized workspace" for high school and middle school age boys in the Valdosta school district at no cost to families at the organization's Hundred House.

In fact, all services that would be offered through the school district also apply to the program, including transportation and lunches.

Project manager Lewis Cureton says that the time and resources poured into tutoring and mentoring the kids that decide to study at the Hundred House will hopefully keep kids engaged and active during the pandemic.

"A bunch of time, energy, and affection are given to them that they wouldn't get in the school system," said Cureton. "So we're just really assisting them in gaining that extra leg up as they figure how to deal with COVID."

As new members of the program, Allen and Jallen Straughter work on math, science, and even PE at the Hundred House.

Cureton says that the children they mentor have everything that would get as if they were learning at school, but with fewer distractions, something that the Straughter brothers say they appreciate.