I’m writing as a concerned citizen of Loudoun County in regards to an article published on Nov. 16, 2015, titled, “A safe place to go: Opportunity Center opens in Sterling.”
These learning centers are so vital to our community because of what they provide. They give low- income and struggling families in our county an option to help their students excel in school and we need it now more than ever.
Everyone views Loudoun as a privileged place, which it is, but with that people often look past the people struggling here, thinking that just because they live in the wealthiest county, they aren’t actually poor. This center not only provides these kids with an after school facility to help them thrive, but it also allows parents to work longer hours to earn more wages.
Instead of having to cut their day short and pick their children up from school and watch them, they can stay at work and earn that extra pay. In addition to that, our economy is growing like crazy, so it is necessary that kids are getting the education to strive in this day in age.
Our knowledge-based economy is constantly in need of educated students and this new learning center does a great job of giving these students an opportunity to be successful.
I also think it is a great idea that they are using this center not only as a space to do homework and get tutoring, but they are also using it as a place to offer cooking classes as well as job-skills training and computer classes.
This is great because, in addition to the tutoring and academic help, they are offering practical, real-life skills that make the students a more well-rounded citizen. I hope we see more learning centers like this in the future.
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