Yorkville Community Unit School District 115 is seeking out local businesses that want to be identified as “Student Friendly” during the upcoming school year.
This designation simply means that businesses are appropriate for students, have free wifi, and provide available space for students to complete homework and assignments outside the classroom both during and after school hours.
Last year, District 115 introduced blended classes to students. These classes incorporate classroom instruction, as well as time outside the classroom to complete assignments. Students are invited to leave campus during the day and venture off into the community to work.
“Students have asked for a list of places in the community at which they are welcomed to do the out-of-school, independent portion of their classwork,” said District Communications Director Kristine Liptrot. “In addition, with the expansion of the 1:1 Chromebook Initiative, 2,700 students now have district-issued wireless devices and many of them have a need to access wifi to work on school initiatives and homework after school hours.”
According to Liptrot, businesses beyond coffee houses and traditional student hang-outs are invited to throw their names into the mix as places students can gather and work.
Window decals will be provided to each business identifying them as “Student Friendly.”
“As students regularly travel around the community, they can identify these places,” Liptrot said. “We will be giving presentations to different chamber of commerce groups so they are aware of the initiative.”
Once enough participating businesses are identified, a flier will be put together for students listing each venue.
“This is a unique opportunity for the district to partner with area business in an effort that will benefit both parties,” Liptrot said. “The businesses will benefit from greater visibility and the promotion of their inclusive reputation, and students will have increased educational benefits, as well as a feeling that they are a valued segment of the community.”
Those who want to participate in the "Student Friendly Business" initiative are asked to contact Liptrot at firstname.lastname@example.org.