Back at the start of the pandemic, QC Family Tree decided to host Tiny School for the 2020-2021 school year. Due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases, many families were concerned about sending their children to traditional school. However, the online learning model was an immense challenge for working families. For this reason, QC Family Tree collaborated with close friends and families in the Enderly Park neighborhood to establish the QC Family Tree Tiny School.
Tiny School admitted 11 students, ranging from K-7th grade from Oaklawn Language Academy, Myers Park Traditional, Ashley Park, and Quail Hollow Middle School. Students participated in a blend of their remote learning online courses as well as activities led on campus. The parents of students in the Tiny School created shared community agreements, and participated in helping out with Tiny School at the level that they were able.
Our volunteers made Tiny School possible by helping to prepare the spaces to be used in the fall, and by transitioning them back into QC Family Tree communal work spaces at the conclusion of Tiny School in the Spring. Our wonderful facilitators Marlen and Carolina, and Mister Lamar who came each week to lead games and activities, helped parents and students in the program immensely during a very difficult year.