Uplifting Stories from the Charter Community XVI

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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 School Students Design Hearts for First Responders

Students at the School of Science and Technology in Texas are helping to spread a message of love and hope amidst the COVID-19 crisis. The school partnered with the HeArts for Hope - Arts for All initiative to design hearts and other creative projects to send to first responders, healthcare professionals, and elderly individuals in retirement homes. So far they have received at least 200 hearts. The submissions will be combined to create HeArts for Hope gift packages.

Charter School Uses 3-D Printer to Help their Sheriff’s Office

Harmony Public Schools in Texas are helping to keep the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office safe. The school used 3-D printers to make 56 face shields for officers to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. The school is making more shields to send to more officers and healthcare professionals during the pandemic.


Charter School Puts on 3-Day Parade for Students

Teachers at Elmwood Village Charter School in New York put on a caravan parade to keep students uplifted. The parade is set to last for three days. Teachers say they want their students to know they care about them. This message has resonated with many families. A parent watching the parade with her daughter said they are thankful to the educators for their support during these difficult times.


If you have an uplifting story to share about educators going the extra mile, please send it to me at brittnee@publiccharters.org.

Brittnee Exum is the manager of communications and marketing at the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.