Online School Students Gather for Good at Central Texas Food Bank

02/24/17

Stef Manisero, TWC News

AUSTIN, Texas — When you attend an online school, face-to-face interactions with teachers and classmates don’t happen every day.

But this morning, students from the Texas Online Preparatory School, or TOPS, will gather for a community service project at the Central Texas Food Bank.

Stef Manisero is there this morning with a preview.

TOPS students will be hanging out here for a few hours this morning helping stock shelves, pack boxes, clean up and assist with any other type of help is needed.

Other than graduation and optional field trips, this is one of the few times each year these students get to come together with their classmates in person.

TOPS is a publicly-funded school, run through the Huntsville Independent School District, serving grades 3-12.

It’s an option for kids who need more flexibility than the typical brick and mortar schooling system offers — kids who want to become professional athletes; kids with acting careers; kids with health challenges; kids who have experienced bullying.

Students have all the same requirements as public school students that includes attendance, the numbers of hours spent learning each day, course requirements and the STAAR test.

There are about 1,000 students enrolled at TOPS again that’s grades 3-12 including students from all across the state of Texas.

They will be arriving at 9 a.m. and spending the entire morning at the event.

Open enrollment for TOPS begins March 6.

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