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With after-school programs gone virtual, Minneapolis schools see sharp drop in interest


January 5, 2021

Aaron Lavinsky, STAR TRIBUNE file Students tuned up their robots between matches at the May 2017 State Robotics Tournament at Mariucci Arena in Minneapolis.

Before the pandemic, thousands of Minneapolis elementary and middle school students attended after-school programs designed to help them catch up to their peers in math and reading. For an hour or two after regular classes, the students would complete hands-on projects meant to supplement their classroom learning.

This year, however, that programming has to come through a screen. And the virtual option is proving far less popular.

There are fewer than 700 students in kindergarten through eighth grade enrolled in the free after-school classes this year. Last year, by comparison, there were about 6,500 students enrolled by mid-January.


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