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Former teacher, offers free educational online class to elementary students due to COVID-19 outbreak

Former teacher offers free educational online class to elementary students due to COVID-19 outbreak
Posted at 10:20 PM, Mar 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-24 01:23:04-04

BAKERSFIELD,Calif. — A former Bakersfield Pre-K teacher is finding ways to give back to the community during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Katherine Jordan, known as Grandma Whoople, launched her E-learning show for elementary students through Facebook on Monday.

Jordan is a literacy coordinator who served as a Pre-K teacher for the Bakersfield City School District for 36 years.

Its purpose is to help parents and children cope with the academic challenges the coronavirus has caused.

"I came up with this idea because I noticed that children had a lot of fear in their hearts, after speaking to their parents," Jordan said. "I thought if we can come into their home to remind them that they are loved and do activities."

Since the stay-at-home order was issued and required schools to close for an undetermined time, many schools have gone online.

This inspired her to create the Whoople Enterprise's Clubhouse Facebook show, for kids aged 3-12.

The show will air Monday through Friday at 10 am.

The 30-minute live show will include storytime, hands-on activities and healthy safety tips for children impacted by COVID-19.

"I think that a program like this, we do need to embrace our community and get involved with our neighbors," said Timothy Martin, Farmer Green coordinator.

23ABC joined Jordan for her first class on Monday and says she's grateful for viewers from her debut show.

Viewers tuned in across California, Texas, and Chicago.

W.E's clubhouse is not the only online activity available for children in our area.

The Kern Library has also converted many of their usual in-person club activities online.

Also, a handful of dance studios are ensuring their students are constantly training during the stay-at-home order.

Civic Dance Center is posting videos to their social media platforms for students to remember choreography and to stay fit.

Dance Nation studio is now offering realtime online classes as to their students.

If you or know someone in our community who is making a positive impact during the COVID-19 outbreak and would like to see them highlighted be sure to email us at kero.news@kero.com.

In the subject place "Community during COVID-19".