How Teachers and Students Remain Positive in Midst of School Closures

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Teachers and students across the U.S. are showing what it means to be resilient during this difficult time of COVID-19 related school closures. While the immediate reaction during such abrupt transitions is often fear and confusion, schools all across the country rose above it all to find creative ways to cope with the circumstances. Here are some of our favorite and uplifting stories thus far! 

1. The students at Chino Valley Unified School District sang their cappella portion of “Over the Rainbow” and created a compilation due to the cancellation of their annual Choral Festival. Check it out below and prepare to be inspired.

2. The Mountain View Whisman School District is rallying around the community by handing out free meals, homework packets, and Chromebooks with wifi to students and families who rely on school meals and do not have access to the internet. 

3. In New Jersey, the Livingston High School National Art Honor Society students created and shared positive infographics and posters to brighten everyone’s day.

4. The lunch staff and families of Cicero 99 School District in Chicago, IL, selflessly came together to hand out free bags of food for low-income students and families. 

5. The San Francisco Unified School District community is hard at work deep-cleaning the classrooms to protect our students while providing free breakfast and lunch to all children under the age of 18, with a total of 18 pick up spots across the city. 

6. Pendergast Elementary School District, which spans portions of Phoenix, Glendale and Avondale, distributed more than 16,000 meals during the first week of closure between 8:30 a.m. and noon five days a week!

7. Ben Milam Elementary School teachers in Dallas, TX are getting ready to hand out laptops for students to help with their new distance learning setup.

8. The New York Department of Education is opening Regional Enrichment Centers to help first responders, transit workers and health care workers with children. The centers will offer remote learning, three free meals, childcare, along with art, music and physical education. The NYC public schools are also doing a very special Rainbow Challenge to keep students engaged. 

9. The Los Angeles Unified School District has teamed up with PBS SoCal to provide educational content for those students and families who don’t have access to computers or the internet. They’ve also set up a “Grab and Go” station to ensure that healthy meals are delivered to students. 

10. The teachers from Oboro Public Schools organized a “wave parade” by driving past students’ homes just to wave and say hello.

Suggestions? Leave a comment below and let us know how you or your school is finding new and innovative ways to stay connected!

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