Kids learn new skills at Coda Engage

FAYETTE COUNTY, WV (WOAY) – Last week, Coda Engage kicked off to give kids a place to learn and grow while staying safe.

“I learned stuff I never knew today in math, in reading,” said 11-year-old Isaac Loughrey. “You also get to hang out in the hammocks.”

Every day, kids in alternating age groups learn math, play musical instruments and brush up on social skills while meeting new people.

“I think some of [the kids’] favorite things are the activities they do here,” says rising 9th-grade volunteer Je’zer Battle. “You can go to different classes and I think they like how they can learn and have fun at the same time.”

Coda Engage will continue through the end of the month, but organizers say spots are filling quickly.

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