Dear Star Kids Parents and Students,
We are sharing links to community resources that you may find helpful as you navigate these challenging times. If you do not have the tools at home, such as a laptop, chromebook, internet service, or school supplies, for your child to connect with school and do their school work, please be in touch with us asap.
Your school is a great source of current information. Be sure to stay informed of your school’s updates by:
- Checking your email daily for updates from your school
- Follow your school’s face book page, if able
- Check your school’s website page
Online Academic Help
Many of your children are venturing into online learning, and therefore so are you!
Here’s a Parent’s Guide to Google Classroom.
If your child’s school is using another online learning platform, search for online assistance to help you understand how it works.
Kahn Academy is a great online learning tool children can use themselves once you have set-up a free account. This can supplement the schoolwork your child is given by your school. Simply set-up your account, enter your child’s grade and follow the online sessions offered; this is especially great for math work!
United Way has a COVID-19 Community Economic Relief Fund and will help with bills, rent and food. Call 866-211-9966, provide your zip code, and you will be given a list of agencies in your community that will provide assistance. https://www.uwri.org/2-1-1/#chat
Fall River City Hall:
The website below has links to unemployment claims, guidance & recommendations, and other corona virus related information.
RI State website has multiple links for general resources regarding health services, schools and unemployment claims. https://health.ri.gov/diseases/ncov2019/
Salvation Army: Check your local Salvation Army as they do operate food pantries. See more details on the Newport location below.
Fall River: Grab & Go Meals for City of Fall River youth age 18 & under. This is open to all; it does not matter what school you attend. Please see the link for details.
The above link also provides information on COVID-19 virus you may find helpful.
RI: Use this link to access free food sites for children in each RI community: https://health.ri.gov/diseases/ncov2019/about/foodsites/
Grab & Go Meals: Pell School, open to all 18 & under – Newport – Monday – Friday Noon – 1pm
Grab & Go Breakfast and Lunch Meals: available beginning 3/23
John F. Kennedy School, Middletown, Monday – Friday, 9am – 10:30am
See link for details https://www.mpsri.net/
MLK Community Center is still providing food pantry and free breakfast services at reduced hours. Lunch for schoolchildren is being provided through Chartwells. Find more info here:
Salvation Army: The food pantry is open Wednesdays and Friday 9:30am -1:30pm, the Soup Kitchen opens Fridays 5pm – 6pm.
Cox Communications: Cox has expanded public hotspots up with free access. Use the link below to find a hotspot and jump on if you need it
*** Cox opened all Cox WIFI hotspots around the country and turned the bandwidth way up. Use this link to find the Cox WIFI hotspots and how to log in. Anyone can log in and set up username and password.
To help families gain internet service at home see the Connect2Compete program link below and apply for service.
Please let us know if you have any suggestions, ideas or concerns at this time.
Stay Safe and Healthy!
Your Friends at Newport/Fall River Star Kids
Kathy Stark, Executive Director
Karen Flanagan, Program Director
Paula Turcotte, Executive Assistant
Marilyn Farias, Fall River Schools Liaison