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How families are converting homes into virtual classrooms

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

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