By // March 20, 2020

Hello from LightHouse!

What to do today? For some this all may be incredibly boring… AND, it’s also an incredible opportunity. CAN’T go out? CAN’T work? Suddenly tons of time?

We are in a really difficult moment, no question. It’s also the chance of a lifetime to learn the thing you’ve been holding in the back of your mind that you wish you were good at or knew how to do.

Wish you knew how to code and program computers?

Code Academy and are two of many, many free online resources for learning to code. Take a look.

The great thing about 2020 is that there are now accessible resources to learn nearly anything. (This was not always true. In fact, it has never been true before in the history of human civilization.)

The only questions are: 1. what seems interesting or worth knowing? (is it time to learn guitar? how to draw? how to write a short story? who was Attila the Hun, anyway? learn to cook!) 2. what resources might work for you? and 3. how can we support you?

We’ve got some new classes coming up in Block Three, which is exciting, but they certainly don’t represent even a tiny fraction of all of the options available to you. Please be talking to your advisor about what might be interesting for you to know more about, and we’ll go from there.

Block Three will begin online on Monday, March 30. Classes are up! (in the google calendar) Hopefully we will transition back to in-person sooner rather than later, but for now we’re living with a lot of unknowns. We hope that you can think of this time as a gift and not just an inconvenience. Take advantage!

You can begin registering with your advisor this Monday, March 23.
In addition to group classes, we have several tutors available. Tyler, Clancy, Chan, and Lidiana will be happy for the hours during this slow-down, so help us keep them busy!

In the realm between classes with LightHouse teachers who you already know, and other online learning with either robots or strangers, here are a couple other options.

1. Some of you will remember Darien, our intern from last year who moved to San Fransisco. Darien and some colleagues are offering a free Crisis Crash Course every afternoon for the next two weeks: “A critical opportunity: to actually study WHY our society is facing ever increasing crises— from pandemics, to ecological disasters, economic collapses, police brutality, and massive social injustice.”

Learn more and apply HERE.

2. Our friend Geoffrey from our Opportunity Academy team in Holyoke is offering: Books to Help us Survive.It is an asynchronous course (that means you do it at your own pace!) run through the kiddom school technology app.  This course was originally designed to provide high school students a space to read a deeply meaningful book of their own choosing, and to practice writing in many forms (journaling, reflective writing, analysis, annotation and research) during the Covid-19 school shut down. 

Learn more about this offering HERE.

FRIDAY: Ashley and Carlos are in the process of putting together some online group games, chats, and virtual field trips. More on this ASAP.
Please let us know if you need a computer at home, or anything else. Want to borrow a guitar, for example?

Also, Holyoke Public Schools is giving free lunch and breakfast to any Holyoke residents. Five sites will be open each day M-F from 8:30am to 12:30pm.  Students can come and receive breakfast & lunch. Sites: HHS North; Kelly school; Donahue school; Sullivan school; Lawrence school.
We’re in this together. Please be in touch anytime.


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