By Morgan Christensen
Cactus Canyon Junior High has created an hour and 15 minutes after-school study time for students who don’t have Internet at home. Known as Internet Cafe, the time allows students without Internet access to work in the library from 2:15 to 3:30 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays in the school library.
Assistant Principal Joyce Gingrich said that the Internet Cafe is strictly for studying only. The time is for tutoring and students may not play games. It was developed strictly to give students a chance to get work done. After the Internet Cafe, students must have a ride home, unless they have a bicycle or walk home.
“Hopefully, the idea will catch on,” Mrs. Gingrich said. “We are concerned about those students who are having a hard time accessing information at home. We felt there was a real need for this type of program.”
About 10 students stayed for the first session of Internet Cafe on Dec. 7.
“It was very helpful because I finished a lot of assignments,” said eighth grader Alexis Smith.