The Virtual Learning Exchange

Virtual Learning Supports for Forsyth County Parents, Families, Caregivers and Children

Calendar of Events

Academics and Tutoring

Parents, is your child struggling to stay at grade level? Does your child need to learn or improve good study habits? Students, do you need a little extra help and support with your classwork and passing a class? Need a little positive motivation to simply complete homework assignments? Then Academic Tutoring may be your go-to option. Schools rely on academic support like tutoring to increase the academic achievement of students. Look through these listings to see which opportunities match the needs of you or your child and get connected today!

Virtual Storytelling Through Wake Reads

Do you want your child to be reading more often but you do not have the time to do it with them? If so, Wake Reads has you covered. This initiative, started by Wake Forest University, is an opportunity for members of the WFU community to share an age-appropriate story...

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Virtual Tutoring Through Wake Forest University

Wake Forest University is offering virtual academic support for Winston-Salem/Forsyth County (WSFCS) K-12 students through their Virtual Tutoring Program. This initiative matches WFU undergraduate and graduate students as tutors with WSFCS K-12 students to meet weekly...

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Emergency Assistance

Is your family experiencing an emergency situation due to fire, flood or natural disaster, looming homelessness, or current homelessness? Do you need immediate access to furniture, clothing or medication? Have you done everything right, and still find yourself facing a financial crisis? During any emergency situation, time is of the essence and there are ways to keep the emergency from crushing you and your family. There are plenty of programs out there — some run by the government, some by charities — that can help you and your family. Look the list of services as a first step to help you and your family get back on your feet.

Crisis Control Ministry: Financial Assistance

Crisis Control Ministry provides emergency financial assistance for families seeking support to cover the cost of utilities, mortgage payments, and rent. They agency may also support the cost of rental or utility deposits. Please connect with Crisis Control Ministry...

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Food and Nutrition

You’ve heard it – the most important meal of the day is breakfast. And so are healthy lunches, dinners, and snacks. Good nutrition affects a student’s thinking skills, behavior, energy levels, and health, all of which impact academic performance. But what if you or your family are facing a food-related concern? Is your family struggling to eating healthy? Is access to meals, fresh fruit and vegetables limited in your neighborhood? Do you need quick, healthy food options for your active children and family? Here are resources to help with getting immediate access to food well as information to help teach you, your children and family to enjoy the immediate and lasting benefits of healthy eating.

211 Food Pantries

The 211 food pantry search feature allows individuals to browse local pantry locations, hours of operation, as well as contact information. Please visit the following website for more information and to view local food pantries throughout Forsyth County...

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Crisis Control Ministry: Client Choice Food Pantry

Crisis Control Ministry provides families with food assistance through the agency's Client Choice Food Pantry. The pantry provides families with at least 60 diverse food items that may vary based on donations and the general inventory. Individuals seeking assistance...

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Housing

Insufficient housing can have many consequences: lesser protection against diseases, difficulty to sleep and rest, difficulty for children to do school homework, fire hazards, family conflicts, lesser social interaction, etc. If you or your family stay in a place where living conditions negatively affect your life every day, consider looking at the following resources to offer options to help make a change.

DSS: Crisis Intervention Program (CIP)

The Crisis Intervention Program through the Department of Social Services (DSS), provides emergency assistance support for utilities and in some cases for rent. For more information please contact the DSS office at 336-703-3410 or visit...

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Sunnyside Ministry: Financial Assistance Service

Sunnyside Ministry provides financial assistance for eligible clients seeking support related to housing cost like rent, rental deposits, and foreclosures. The agency also provides financial assistance to cover the cost of utilities, heating and fuel. Families seeking...

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Crisis Control Ministry: Financial Assistance

Crisis Control Ministry provides emergency financial assistance for families seeking support to cover the cost of utilities, mortgage payments, and rent. They agency may also support the cost of rental or utility deposits. Please connect with Crisis Control Ministry...

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Mental Health

Are you having a rough day? Have you been feeling down for a while? Are you having trouble doing the things you like to do or need to do because of how you feel—like going to school, work or hanging out with friends? Is your mental health, or someone else’s, affected by bullying? Everyone goes through tough times. Mental health problems don’t only affect adults. Children, teens and young adults can have mental health problems, too. No matter how long you’ve had something on your mind, it’s important that you talk to someone your trust about it. This could be a parent, family member, teacher, school counselor, spiritual leader or another trusted adult, who: Gives good advice when you want and ask for it; Respects your need for privacy so you can tell him or her anything; Lets you talk freely about your feelings and emotions without judging, teasing, or criticizing; Helps you figure out what to do the next time a difficult situation comes up. These following organizations can help you find peer and family supports, provide general information on mental health and wellness as well as treatment, and available services for mental health issues.

Family Services of Forsyth County Counseling Services

Family Services of Forsyth County offers counseling services for adults, children, and families. The professional therapist can assist with a variety of challenges ranging from family or couple distress and conflict, personal adjustment to life changes, stress and...

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Outside of Home

Parents, do you want safe outdoor spaces to promote learning, engagement, and active play for your children? Learning occurs both indoors and out. An outdoor environment should be a place to run, play, and learn. The purpose of an outdoor environment is to encourage children to be active, to give them a break from being indoors, and to support learning in a variety of environments. There are many benefits to children and youth playing outside. Outside, children and youth can release energy, use loud voices, play vigorously, and engage in messy projects. In addition, children can experience the plants and animals in their local ecosystem/environment. The following resources are available to help parents and youth find and prep outdoor spaces for learning and play.

How to Prep an Outdoor Space

The lesson “The Outdoor Environment: Designing for Learning” by the Virtual Lab School is a great interactive resource to learn how to create the best outdoor space for your child. It begins by reviewing the various benefits of outdoor play for school-age children,...

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Parent Resources

Parents, are you struggling to help your child with new math when all you know is the old math? Do you find yourself at a loss with the latest technology and learning tools? Do you wish you had an education how-to book at your fingertips? Do you have time to watch a short video to gain some quick tips to help your child with homework? Would you be interested in calling a homework hotline to help your child with a homework assignment? To fully support a child’s education both at school and at home, enrichment opportunities are available for parents. These opportunities can be presented in the form of educational events that include parent-teacher conferences, school newsletters, Saturday or evening parent workshops, speaker presentations, and printed brochures.

Parenting Through Community Crises and Disasters

As the community continues to navigate COVID-19 and changes to daily life, it's important that families develop healthy routines and a stable environment in the home. Click the link below to learn more about tips and tricks families can use at home to support child...

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Parenting During A Pandemic: Tips to Keep the Calm at Home

In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, families are spending more time together at home. During this time, it's important that families foster a safe environment and develop healthy routines. Click the link below to learn about helpful tips and tricks to manage...

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Physical Health

Parents, do you want to learn how to include regular exercise in your child’s daily routine? Regular physical activity helps your child develop in ​a range of ways. Not only does it help their physical health, but it also helps improve their brain function and emotional wellbeing. Regular physical activity helps develop your child’s fundamental movement skills (i.e. physical literacy). In addition to helping maintain a healthy body weight, physical activity can help build healthy bones, muscles, heart and lungs. Physical activity also helps your child keep a healthy body weight. Discover how physical activity can improve your child’s physical health, brain function and mood by clicking on the links below.

The Importance of the Outdoors

If you are looking to learn more information about the importance of the outdoors and physical activity during COVID-19, the article “Getting your kids outdoors during COVID-19” has you covered. This resource stresses how essential it is for children to go outside for...

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Exploring the Outdoors While Social Distancing

The article “Getting Children and Teens Outside While Social Distancing for COVID-19” is a great read for parents who are not sure how to engage with the outdoors in a safe way. This resource provides different age-appropriate activities families can do outside, while...

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Student Resources

Students, would you take an assessment if it would help you improve your study habits? Would you call a homework hotline to help with an assignment? Parents, are you looking for educational activities and projects to help make your child’s learning more meaningful, valuable, and rewarding? Educational Enrichment provides support and services that inspire students and families to broaden a student’s learning experiences. It also promotes critical thinking and problem-solving skills and improve a student’s ability to concentrate. Many enrichment activities are fun, which help students become more engaged in their learning and retain more information. Educational Enrichment also provides opportunities for students to pursue learning in their own areas of interest and strengths. Take a look at the following links to connect you with a variety of educational enrichment resources.

Virtual Storytelling Through Wake Reads

Do you want your child to be reading more often but you do not have the time to do it with them? If so, Wake Reads has you covered. This initiative, started by Wake Forest University, is an opportunity for members of the WFU community to share an age-appropriate story...

read more

Virtual Tutoring Through Wake Forest University

Wake Forest University is offering virtual academic support for Winston-Salem/Forsyth County (WSFCS) K-12 students through their Virtual Tutoring Program. This initiative matches WFU undergraduate and graduate students as tutors with WSFCS K-12 students to meet weekly...

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Student Mentoring

Students, do you often feel unmotivated and low on self-esteem? Parents, are you concerned about the social and emotional well-being of your child? If so, consider signing up for a mentor. When working one on-one with a student, mentors build a relationship with the student and provides them with supplemental enrichment activities to build their academic self-esteem, motivation, and beliefs about their ability to enable them to achieve academically. Mentoring can be effective in increasing academic engagement and may also have positive impact on social and emotional development of the student. Look through these listings to see which opportunities match the needs of you or your child and get connected today!

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Summer Learning

As a parent, are you concerned that your child will forget over the summer most of the things he/she learned this past school year? Summer learning loss, summer setback, or summer slide are terms used to describe how on average, a student’s achievement scores may decline over summer vacation by one month’s worth of school-year learning. The declines were sharper for math than for reading, and the extent of loss was larger at higher grade levels. To combat this, there are activities to promote learning during the summer months such as reading programs, school-based summer school programs, online educational exercises, and home-based summer programs and community-based summer programs. These resources will offer ideas on how to combat summer learning loss.

Virtual Storytelling Through Wake Reads

Do you want your child to be reading more often but you do not have the time to do it with them? If so, Wake Reads has you covered. This initiative, started by Wake Forest University, is an opportunity for members of the WFU community to share an age-appropriate story...

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