Long ES Parents Get Chance to Learn

LAS VEGAS -- Any parent with children attending Walter V. Long Elementary School in Las Vegas can get access to online education for free starting Tuesday.

The Caesars Foundation is working with Vegas PBS to help change and empower the at-risk campus through education.

Shannon Houser, 26, has been a stay-at-home mother for the past four years.

Soon, however, she could be spending less time at the playground and more here in front of a computer.

"I am a little nervous to see what's out there, but I'm ready for it," she said.

The Caesars Foundation launched the virtual education program, allowing any parent Long Elementary to take online classes without paying anything.

Caesars will pick up the tuition, and Vegas PBS is giving access to their online courses.

"What we ask is at the end they say ‘Thank you' and smile and get a job," said Debra Salt of Vegas PBS.

Many of the parents whose children attend Long Elementary need a job. Principal Joyce Brooks said unemployment affects children in many ways, including their motivation to succeed.

"Our kids are looking for role models and when you talk to them about what they want for their parents, they want their parents to have a job," she said.

The online courses range from English as a second language for Spanish-speaking parents to GED certifications and computer technology.

Parents can log on anytime during to day from computers on campus.

For Houser, who never attended college, her dream is to pursue a career in health care and prove to her children that they can do anything they put their mind to.

"I think they would love it to see their mom happy and ‘She can do it,'" Houser said. "Then they can do nothing, but go for their dream."


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