Part of Wendl Foundation's initiative is to support online education and the virtual
school movement. Below are the short and long term goals of the foundation.
Short Term Goal
The Wendl Foundation supports the virtual school movement by providing laptop computers
to inner city children in St. Louis that qualify for the federal free and reduced
student lunch program. The free laptop computer will be biased to a parent
already homeschooling their child or planning on enrolling in one of the many accredited
virtual schools available online.
Wendl Foundation Free Laptop Application
Long Term Goal
A barrier that parents face that would prefer to enroll their child in a virtual
school is the fact they have to work during the daytime, leaving their child unsupervised
at home. To alleviate working parents of this barrier to virtual school enrollment,
our long term goal is build out virtual school support centers in various churches
and community centers in the city of St. Louis. By providing virtual school
support centers located strategically throughout the city of St. Louis, children
that own a laptop computer can log on to their virtual school and work at their
own pace under adult supervision. The virtual school support centers would
be smaller in size and decentralized to reduce the risk of repeating some of the
challenges that overcrowded government schools deal with on a daily basis.
Eliminating some of the barriers that poor parents in the city of St. Louis face
in accessing a K-12 virtual school will be the focus of the Wendl Foundation benevolent
activity over the immediate future. By subsidizing laptop computers for kids
and building out virtual school support centers, we hope to improve the quality
of education for those most in need in the St. Louis area.