X-Time will provide free online “afterschool” activities for Champaign-Urbana area schoolchildren
By Sophia Libman
When the pandemic started, I saw that it caused so many challenges for families in the community. My heart hurt for those impacted, and I really wanted to do something to help.
I hoped to find something safe, fun, and educational for children to do from home, and I hoped to help parents too. This is when I had the idea for X-Time.
X-Time provides free, online activities for elementary students that are fun and educational. X-Time tries to expose students to a variety of interests and fuel their passions to learn more.
The classes will change each month, and they will include gymnastics, writing, performing arts, math, martial arts, yoga, acting, cooking, coding, ballet, and more.
I chose the name X-Time because in math, “X” is the value that is not yet known. I hope that these classes will show students the value in some areas that they don’t know about yet, and deepen their interests in areas that they may already enjoy. Also, the classes will change each week just like the value “X” in math changes.
The classes are free, and all donations will go to the COVID-19 Relief Fund through the United Way of Champaign County. The online classes being offered for the month of September include martial arts by Dragon Claw Academy, performing arts by Class Act, Creative Writing by author Alice McGinty, and yoga by Amara Yoga and Arts.
A variety of other classes will be coming in October and November.
Families can register by completing the registration form on the X-Time website under the “Our Services” page. To learn more, and to register, families can visit X-Time at https://x-time.org/.
Sophia Libman is a high school freshman who lives in Champaign. Questions? Please contact X-Time at firstname.lastname@example.org.