This post is part of an ongoing series sharing the positive stories that have come out of the challenges our schools are facing. To see all of the posts in this series, click here.
In a short amount of time, COVID-19 has changed the way we live. The term social distancing is a new norm—and families around the world are forced to adapt to new routines. While the lives of many have changed significantly, one thing that has remained consistent is the drive of school leaders and teachers to continue serving their students the best way they can. Despite the problems many Americans are facing, there are many examples that show how educators are going the extra mile.
Charter Schools Create Heartfelt Videos for Students
Teachers and staff at Odyssey Community School in Connecticut are letting students know how much they are missed. Educators uploaded a video to Facebook reminding students they’re in this together and encouraging them to keep a positive mindset during this challenging time. The message featured homemade signs, dancing, outside activities, a science project, pet appearances, and words of encouragement. Arizona Charter Academy joined in on the video fun too, with a recap of their first week of distance learning. Thank you to all schools who are reminding students their school cares!
Charter School Preps Meals for Students
Charter school nutrition teams are preparing meals with love. Cafeteria workers at the International Leadership of Texas East Fort Worth Campus want their students to know that they care and will continue to support them through these difficult times. Since shutting down in mid-March, they have prepared more than 150,000 meals for their students. School bus drivers deliver the meals to designated pick-up spots.
Arizona Charter Academy is also making sure their students are fed. The school is passing out 200 meals daily to their students and other children in their community. Instruction may be virtual, but, this isn’t stopping schools from helping students get the daily nutrition they need.
If you have an uplifting story to share about educators going the extra mile, please send it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brittnee Exum is the manager of communications and marketing at the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.