She was trying to figure out how to go pick up her daughter's belongings at her college across the country—between plane tickets, travel restrictions and college-level rules, she needed help navigating this new system. It was then that she decided to make a Facebook group that could serve as a resource page for parents of college-age kids.
Since then, the group has grown organically into a catch-all for educational resources for all students, parents and teachers spanning preschool and kindergarten levels through college. As the group grew, Kalra reached out to her friend Jill Cohen to help her run the page.
The group now has nearly 4,500 people from across the nation and the world.
"Within 48 hours we had all these other parents messaging us something that just started growing organically," Kalra said. "What started off as just something for me and the people I knew were struggling too turned into something much bigger. I thought it would be me and my friends helping each other and it turned into this resource for all these parents. It wasn’t like a well-thought-out coordinated effort; we were struggling and were trying to figure out how do we share and help others."
The content in the group focuses on free resources for teachers, parents and students of all ages and learning levels, Kalra said. Gov. Doug Ducey and governors across the nation have called for schools to move to remote learning for the remainder of the school year. Many districts are limiting the amount of work they are giving to students, knowing it is a stressful time for families.
"Parents are struggling; teachers and students are confused and doing something that they have never had to do before and are grasping for help," she said, "We are doing every little bit we can to help. It started off as a desire to help our own kids and became a group of parents, teachers and students grade school through college."
The group is available at https://www.facebook.com/groups/COVIDStudentResources/.