Non-profit Cultural Elegance Studio helps students with distance learning

Posted at 12:18 AM, Aug 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-30 03:28:08-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Many students have just completed their first week back to school with distance learning, and a non-profit in Southwest Bakersfield is making sure that no student falls behind while adjusting to the changes.

23abc's Lezla Gooden spoke with the Cultural Elegance Studio to find out how the non-profit is helping.

Before the pandemic, the Cultural Elegance Studio was a place where several cultural events are usually held for those in the community such as language classes, yoga, and a variety of different dance classes.

Now the studio has been transformed for a different purpose, offering free tutoring services to guide students through their school's distance learning curriculum.

For the past three weeks, the studio has been offering free care, tutoring, and guidance for students who are now enrolled in distance learning in the community.

The studio hosts about 12 students a day, ranging from K-5 to high school, and walk them through their lessons. All while social distancing, requiring temperature checks, and frequent sanitation of areas.

The organizers of the program said that they felt called to offer these services to help with parents who find themselves unable to fully assist with the new learning style.

"We are providing a place for the kids to get an education and that's what schools do. The school is providing the curriculum and teachers and we are assisting in any way we can to make sure the kids are getting the best education possible," said instructor, David Thomas.