Virtual learning can be a tremendous strain on students and their families. For many Columbus City School (CCS) students, internet connection, computer devices, food provision, and a safe environment have become lofty barriers to their education.


We have an incredible opportunity to come alongside our schools and help provide for these needs. Church buildings, businesses, and event centers that are shut down are opening their buildings to host the students in Learning Extension Centers.


A Learning Extension Center (LEC) is a physical space provided by community partners where students can complete their remote learning. With social distancing, reliable internet, meal provision, and adult supervision, students will have the opportunity to be around kids their age while having a safe place to learn.


Churches, nonprofits, businesses, and other organizations have come together to process the logistics and have put together some resources for implementing LECs. Read more in the Columbus Dispatch article here.




Each LEC needs approx. $15,000 to operate. Click here to give financially.

To volunteer, donate food for students, or sign up your student, contact a specific LEC on the map.

If you are starting an LEC and would like to register it on the map, click here.

​To learn more about operating an LEC, check out our resources page.

Email Olivia Arnold with any questions at: olivia@catalystforcolumbus.com


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This is a collaborative effort of our city. To see the entire list of partners and collaborators who are making this possible, click here.