PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Wednesday marks the first day of school for Philadelphia School District students, and families across the city are putting final touches on in-home virtual learning spaces.
“We know that none of this is normal, but I wanted them to have a space that feels creative,” said Haniyyah Sharpe-Brown, who will be working from home while she monitors her eighth-grader and second-grader as they attend digital classes.
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“For me, it’s not enough to sit in a room with bare walls or to plop in the dining room,” she explained.
Sharpe-Brown and her husband converted their Northeast Philadelphia basement into a classroom, turning to Pinterest for ideas. When she couldn’t find school desks, she bought two work tables on Amazon and arranged them facing each other.
“I have a wallpaper chalkboard that we can write on with chalk if we need to work