The computer lab, a key factor in the WELL’s response to the digital divide, remains unused in Raleigh, NC on May 26, 2020.The space was designed with computer stations that would normally accomodate 21 students.
Hand sanitizer and empty chairs are a mute testimony to the status of the Wade Edwards Learning Lab in Raleigh, NC on May 26, 2020. The center, unable to pair its volunteer tutors with students, or to ensure the safety of the teens who have relied on the WELL as a social and educational afterschool hub, has pivoted to virtual programming until it is able to once again safely open its doors.
Inspirational messages still brighten the ceiling of the darkened computer lab at the WELL in Raleigh, NC on May 26, 2020. While seniors grapple with foregoing their graduation ceremonies as a result of the coronavirus, younger teens are also missing the educational and social aspects that the WELL was designed to address.
Morning sun slants into the empty study hall downstairs at the Wade Edwards Learning Lab in Raleigh, NC on May 26, 2020. One significant aspect of the WELL’s mission is ” to engage students within their different social groups,” but those programs have been sidelined by the quarantine restrictions.
The third floor college center at the Wade Edwards Learning Lab awaits the class of 2020 in Raleigh, NC on May 26, 2020. Many colleges have already indicated that classes may be virtual, so it remains to be seen how online learning may impact the use of the room.
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