EAST STROUDSBURG, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – When they aren’t holding signs and picketing on the sidewalk, you’ll find East Stroudsburg Area School District teachers serving their community.

“We’d much rater be in the classroom, but at least we can be here helping in some way,” says Jackie Visser, teacher, East Stroudsburg Area School District.

In two hours shifts, teachers will participate in different service projects at churches and food pantries.

One group is setting up for a community dinner at the East Stroudsburg United Methodist Church.

“It means a lot. We serve a community meal here at least once a week, sometimes more than that,” explains Pastor James Todd.

Outside the church about 100 yards away, you’ll find some students affected by the strike.

They’re enrolled in the ‘Stroud Kids Strikeout Camp’. 

“We know that there are going to be parents who are unsure of what to do with their children, that aren’t able to take off. So, we just wanted to extend our regular camp program that we offer during the summer,” says Alisha Kallatch, Program Coordinator. 

At the Day Street Community Center, students play games and do arts and crafts. 

“We thought it would be a great idea to provide a program for the families, that way their kids are safe and having fun at the same time,” explains Amy Pacheco, Camp Director.

The camp has 90 spots available each day and runs until the strike ends. 

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