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Learn365 and Support for Kids and Parents

Learn365 is a Rhode Island effort aimed at providing more educational opportunities for children outside of school hours. The town of Richmond is sponsoring its own events as part of this effort. Though aimed at education for kids, the events that Kate Schimmel is helping to put together or highlight are as useful to parents as they may be to kids.

To start, Richmond is hosting a quiet homework room on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm in the community room at the Arcadia YMCA. This provides a quiet, safe place for middle school and high school students to work on their homework, and healthy snacks are provided. Sign-up is required, by contacting Kate Schimmel at or 401-491-9824.

The town has also arranged two FAFSA and Financial Aid workshops in November and December, with a third one planned for early 2024. With the new FAFSA formats out on 31 December, 2023, it’s a good opportunity for students looking at college and their parents to get caught up on what the new requirements are for financial aid applications. The workshops also covered other considerations for financial aid, and some information on local scholarships. The FAFSA is required for high school seniors looking to apply to colleges in the fall, but is also informative for juniors who are starting to prepare for their applications senior year. If you’re interested in the next seminar in early 2024, more information will be posted on the Richmond Human Services Facebook page, or contact Kate Schimmel.

The Human Services department is also putting together a reading program at the Richmond Elementary school in early 2024.  Keep an eye on the Richmond Human Services Facebook page for more information as it becomes available!

Lastly, while it’s not directly related to Learn365, Richmond Human Services highlighted the Parenting Group series being hosted through Rhode Island Regional Coalitions. This series of virtual meetings is designed to help parents of children between ages 6-12 with social support, approaches for difficult behaviors, and tools to help parents and children. The RI Regional Coalitions post on Facebook provides more information and the link to the registration form.

Richmond is growing the number of resources available to parents and students! Keep posted to Richmond Human Services for more information!

-- Chris Kona


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