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Discovery Children's Museum assisting students with studies amid pandemic

Posted at 7:21 AM, Jan 12, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-12 17:54:15-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Thousands of children in the Las Vegas valley have missed critical classroom time since schools implemented virtual distance learning during the coronavirus pandemic.

In response, the Discovery Children's Museum has been utilizing its vacant 5,000-square-foot traveling exhibit hall as a study hall for area students struggling with the change in venue.

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The hall was designed to help parents like Aasiya Morris who says her former straight-A student has fallen behind since the beginning of the pandemic.

"They need the sit-down environment, the stability," she said. "Because at home I have elementary, middle and high school students. So, it's hectic getting those kids to do the home process. And with them sitting here and having a desk and knowing that it's a priority will help them."

Capped by available space during the global pandemic, the museum has accepted roughly 50 students from nearby schools and struggling Title I schools for socially distanced STEAM education with guidance from the staff.

The museum said the tutors guide students through virtual learning and add additional lessons in the field of literature and STEAM education.

Museum staff said many of the kids currently attending the study hall have fallen below grade level.

The program has been open from 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. each weekday and it has been free for parents.

More information on the Discovery Children's Museum is available here.