Rec Center Offers Refuge as Teachers Strike in Oakland | Athletic Business

Rec Center Offers Refuge as Teachers Strike in Oakland

As teachers in Oakland, Calif., hit the picket line, one rec center in the area is helping pick up the slack as parents try to figure out what to do with kids who don't have school.

The Oakland ABC affiliate reports that many parents like Pam Mireya Montes were left with nowhere to send their kids.

"I went to school to drop him and I didn't feel right leaving him, not because he wasn't safe but because I thought I wasn't supporting them by bringing him to school," she said.

Teachers suggested Montes take him to Oakland's Redwood Heights Recreation Center, which was already preparing to handle an influx of kids due to the strike. 

Sarah Henry, an organizer at the center, had already put together a curriculum based on the requests and response of teachers. The day included everything from martial arts to music classes. 

Redwood Heights can handle 60 students in grade three and up, while up to 75 younger kids were able to hang out at the nearby First Covenant Church.

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