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Gwinnett church volunteers help take pressure off working families with school-age kids

DACULA, Ga. — The challenge of balancing kids home from school but taking classes with parents who must also work has created a myriad of problems for many Metro Atlanta families.

For those with kids trying to learn virtually in Barrow and Gwinnett county schools, a Dacula church has come up with an innovative solution.

Some 90 Hebron Church volunteers, 11 at a time, gather at the church five days a week to help as many as 40 kids a day who come to the church to do their school work. Those volunteers enable parents to go to work, stress free.

Second grader Emily Hall is one of the students at the church. While her mom works as a nurse and her father is just starting a new job with little time to help with his daughters learning. Her dad, Jerod Hall, told Channel 2′s Tony Thomas, the volunteers have been a lifesaver.

“It has been so instrumental in what we can do in our day to day basis as what we can do going to work without the stress,” Hall told Thomas.

Lilian Ayala told Thomas until she heard about the program, she had planned on having to leave her two kids at home while she worked.

“It was exactly what we needed. My kids are back into a routine which kids really needed,” Ayala said.

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Church missions pastor Adam Platt said that there are kids from 18 schools taking part in the program, with most not being church members.

“We’ve got one kid on Zoom, another kid doing activities and someone else doing something else. So we are trying to coordinate as many schedules as we possibly can,” Platt said.

Church administrators tell Thomas they’ll continue the free program until students in both counties head back to school for face to face learning.