How volunteers are helping prep Virginia students for virtual learning

'[Students are] having to adjust to the new normal'
Posted at 12:22 PM, Aug 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-31 12:22:47-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- An area non-profit helped hundreds of Richmond families prepare for the upcoming virtual school year Saturday.

WTVR CBS 6 profiled the non-profit group, Just C, who were collecting donations for this effort to give students what they needed to create a workspace at home, when our own Shelby Brown donated to their fundraiser as part of CBS 6 Gives.

Volunteers started handing out those supplies Saturday in the parking lot of John Marshall High School.

Just C’s founder, Chenice Johnson, said they served almost 300 kids.

"So the benefit is they’ll be able to create a personal learning space at home being that they’re having to adjust to the new normal," Johnson said. "Today, we gave out food bags, lap desks, tray desks, and also desks that kids can use that are portable."

Johnson said they will hold another giveaway next Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m. also in the John Marshall High parking lot.

You do have to register ahead of time and can do so at their website.

Johnson said when the school year begins, her non-profit plans to figure out other ways they can support children in the virtual learning environment.