The Sanneh Foundation receives $25,000 from The Otto Bremer Trust for COVID Response and Distance Learning Hub

Sanneh tutor and student

The Sanneh Foundation continues to accept more students in their new Distance Learning Hub thanks to a $25,000 donation from the Otto Bremer Trust.

For too many working parents distance learning means either leaving their kids home alone in front of a computer or forgoing work in order to be home with their children. The Sanneh Distance Learning Hub provides a space where students can safely learn while their parents are at work.

With the donation from the Otto Bremer Trust, The Sanneh Foundation is able to grow their infrastructure and staffing to facilitate up to 70 St. Paul Students in their Distance Learning Hub located in the recently retrofitted Conway Community Center gymnasium.

In addition to a socially distanced space for students to learn online, students will also get breakfast, lunch and a snack while at the Conway Community Center. The Sanneh Foundation will also send each child home with a weekly produce box to ensure that they continue to receive healthy meals.

Providing a healthy and educational environment continues to be a top priority at the Learning Hub. Students wear masks, wash their hands, and do their schoolwork in six-foot-long desks with protective shields designed to prevent the spread of airborne transmissions. The Learning Hub is more than just a ‘daycare.' The Sanneh Foundation communicates regularly with local schools to stay updated on lesson plans while also providing students with tutors for educational support.

“There are few organizations in this state that are so attuned to helping kids and families with their core supports than The Sanneh Foundation,” says Brian Lipschultz, Co-CEO & Trustee of Otto Bremer Trust.  “Tony [Sanneh] never stops to say it can’t be done.  He just does it and thousands in our communities are better off for it.  It’s to back organizations like Sanneh that we set up our CBFC $50 million emergency fund.  There are so many additional challenges brought on by the pandemic and we are energized to be part of the solutions in any way we can.”

The Sanneh Foundation will continue to build infrastructure and coordinate tutoring sessions in order to increase the number of students served throughout the school year. This includes additional support after school as parents can also enroll their children in afterschool Enrichment Time which includes a range of engaging activities as well as dinner and snacks.

The Sanneh Foundation is grateful for the support of the Otto Bremer Trust which will allow Sanneh to continue serving the diverse Twin Cities youth and their families.

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