From Staff Reports
With many schools going virtual for the first nine weeks, Spanish Cove Retirement Village employees with school-aged children are faced with a struggle to find balance with school, childcare and work.
Spanish Cove has come up with a solution to this dilemma that may alleviate the burden.
Julie Blose, wife of Spanish Cove CEO Don Blose, will be offering her time to serve as a supervisor for children who need somewhere to go during the day while completing their school assignments through distance learning.
Although she is a certified teacher, her role will not be to teach but to ensure the children are completing their virtual homework assignments and making sure they are safe during the day.
Julie Blose has tremendous enthusiasm for the project which she is fondly calling, “Cove Academy”.
“This is a great opportunity for me to support the Spanish Cove staff who are juggling so much these days,” she said. “Hopefully this will remove some of the stress or worry they may be experiencing.”
Fortunately, Spanish Cove has the space that will be needed for this endeavor.
The retirement village had purchased property on 120 E. Vandament Ave. for the next phase of their expansion, which will be home to a new independent living apartment structure.
While this plan is still very much in progress, the space currently sits unused.
“It’s perfect timing to fill an unexpected need,” said Jill Huff, public information officer and director of marketing for Spanish Cove.
“We still plan to keep moving forward with plans and reservations for the new independent living building, but for now it’s a perfect location for Julie’s solution to the problem of employees with small children who would otherwise be left alone during the day.
“We are always looking for ways to care for our employees, just as they care for residents.”
Cove Academy will be available for grades first through eighth. It will take place in the old building where Rod’s Drycleaners was.
The hours will be from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on weekdays. If care is needed after 2 p.m., Spanish Cove might be able to arrange for volunteers to cover the times before employees are off work and ready to pick up their kids.
Julie Blose is committed to doing this for the first nine weeks or however long is necessary until schools are reopened for students.
The goal is two-part: first, to have students finish their daily work so they can enjoy family time at home in the evenings; also, when public school resumes in the physical setting, the students will be on track to join classmates with great confidence.
Temperature checks will be conducted each morning.
“Together, we will make it through this uncommon time,” Julie Blose said, adding, “We will look for the good, and make memories along the way.”
Cove Academy will be available at no cost to employees.
“It will be a pretty big undertaking and she will need some help from these parents to get the space ready for use,” Huff said, “Julie is working on a list of what she needs.”
To make a donation to help offset the cost of Cove Academy, call Huff at (405) 354-5906.