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Satellite Learning & Art Stations for Students: Covid Response Program

February 10, 2021 @ 9:00 am - March 31, 2021 @ 3:00 pm

About the Project:

The Satellite Learning & Art Stations for Students program is for university, college and high school students who are remote learning in our community.  The program utilizes three large spaces within the Elora Centre for the Arts – the classroom and the artisan shop are set up to offer socially distanced work stations where students can complete their school work, benefit from artistic and creative explorations, feel less isolated, and be supported by educational assistants (retired teachers) and staff from the Centre.  The main gallery will be closed to the public in order to provide an artistic expression space for the students.  We have enhanced our wifi to ensure students have internet access for their online assignments and Google Meets.

There is no cost to sign up, but registration is mandatory.  The program runs Wednesdays and Fridays.  There are morning and afternoon time slots (9:00 – 11:30 AM or 12:30 – 3:00 PM).  There are a maximum of 8 students per room, each desk is at least 6 feet apart.

All necessary health and safety precautions will be adhered to, based on Public Health guidelines.  Each student will receive a new disposable mask each day.  Temperature checks and sanitization measures are in place.



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THIS PROGRAM IS FOR YOU.  Students customize their own experience – teachers are on site if you need help with assignments, art materials and projects available if you want to creatively dabble…or just enjoy a hot chocolate and relax listening to some music and chatting with others. This space is for YOU.  It is a pressure-free, bright & happy space.



NEED A FREE RIDE?  If you sign up for our student program and need a ride, just contact us at ECFTA to get a coupon code.  Then, use that code to book your free ride through the RIDE WELL app or website.

Only 1 passenger per ride.  All passengers must wear a mask and sit in the back seat of the vehicle.  Vehicles are sanitized before and after each use.

Students under 18 need to have a parent/guardian sign a waiver before they ride.

Don’t forget –  you must obtain your promo code from the Elora Centre for the Arts BEFORE you book your ride to ensure that you won’t be charged for the ride.

For more information about the RIDEWELL program, or to book your free student ride to our program (with your coupon code) please visit their website.

Why is this student support program important? A recent local on-line poll revealed that 74% of respondents believe there is a need for student work spaces outside the home. High school and college/university students have being proportionately disadvantaged during COVID-19 restrictions and many struggle with at-home learning for various reasons. Mental health and the lack of creative outlet continue to be a concern, in addition to unreliable internet at home and lack of dedicated work space at home.  We believe that helping students stay engaged in their education and feel less isolated will improve their studies and benefit individual and family mental health.

This COVID-response program for students has been partially funded by the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Response Fund,  administered by the Centre Wellington Community Foundation in addition to community donations through our Giving Tuesday campaign, support from The Good Foundation and The Guelph Community Foundation.  We are so grateful for the support!










However – there is still support needed to run the program at no cost to participating students in our community.

Help sponsor a student!

Please consider contributing to our project so that students in our community can have access to this program, at no cost to them.  


$50 would cover the cost of 2 student spots

$100 would cover the cost of 4 student spots
$250 would cover the cost of 10 student spots
$500 would cover the cost of 20 student spots
$1000 would cover the cost of 40 student spots
$2000 would cover the cost of 80 student spots

To contribute to this community program for students, please donate by clicking here.


February 10, 2021 @ 9:00 am
March 31, 2021 @ 3:00 pm
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