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Hosanna Community Foundation welcomes FL Virtual School students

admin | 5/3/2012, 5:30 a.m.

Pastor Charles Dinkins of the Hosanna Community Baptist Church has always believed in the importance of education. The churchs non-profit organization, Hosanna Community Foundation, is also the site for an after school tutoring program that services local children from the ages of kindergarten on up. In keeping with the foundations vision of expanding educational opportunities for youth, the church also became a one of two community sites for a Florida Virtual School (FLVS) on Saturday, April 21st. We believe education is like an anti-poverty and anti-drug key for youth, explained Dinkins. So, for us, [the FLVS] is just another opportunity to help kids. The FLVS, which provides courses for students in kindergarten through 12th grade online, was established in 1997. The e-learning school currently offers more than 110 classes in subjects from computer programming to basic math to FCAT test preparations. Although students can attend Florida Virtual School any place where a computer has internet access, Dinkins noted that Hosanna can provide them with additional services. Currently, the center has three certified teachers who are able to assist the students with any questions they may have about their course work. Dinkins also explained that within the neighborhood surrounding the churchs community center - which includes areas such as Liberty City and Brownsville - many students do not have access to computers with internet access. We want to say to the community that there is a service and computers for you to use here, Dinkins said. because in this community, many people are victims of the digital divide so they dont have computers with internet access at home. With the availability of 10 personal computers and 10 laptops, the Hosanna Community Foundation can allow up to 20 students to take their FLVS courses online at once. The Hosanna Community Foundations computer lab is open to students taking classes at Florida Virtual School Monday through Friday, 6 p.m. 9 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. 2 p.m. By Kaila Heardkheard@miamitimesonline.com