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Van Alstyne teacher brings humor to at-home learning

At-home learning has forced teachers to find creative ways to reach students.

One of the most over-the-top examples may be Van Alstyne Middle School teacher Amy White, who is using humor to keep kids engaged.

You can read the story here.

‘We’re going to be OK:’ Boise teacher checks on students regularly

Ms. Amy Griffin teaches 6th graders at Liberty Elementary School in Boise. Of course, no one is in school right now as Idaho is under a stay at home order. Griffin says she had to do something to keep her class together.

You can watch the video above and read the story here.

Long Island parents, educators livestream nightly bedtime stories for kids

Devine explains the bedtime story effort is meant to temporarily replace the PTA’s Pick A Reading Partner program that was in effect prior to the schools’ shutdown — a national literacy effort that encourages people to read together and involves parents and grandparents reading to classes in person. Since they’re not in school, the effort has moved to Facebook.

You can read the story here.

Navigating distance learning: Two teachers create replica classroom to teach students

Teaching and learning have a much different look now because of the coronavirus.

Shelly and Annie Orchard are mom and daughter, and they are also kindergarten teachers with a passion for teaching. So together they transformed their guest bedroom.

You can read the story here.

Special needs teacher goes above and beyond for student in Lake Worth

Amy Blackman wrote in to WPTV about her fifth grade son Jacob’s special needs teacher Madeline Parent.

Blackman says Parents goes above and beyond to make Jacob comfortable in this new world of distance learning.

You can watch the video above and read the story here.

B-N Teachers Get Creative To Engage Students During Shutdown

Tanner said each student is adjusting differently. Some are doing great. Some are struggling with anxiety about getting all their work done. There are others Tanner has barely heard from at all.

You can read the story here.

Doctors need masks in COVID-19 fight? No problem, says NJ robotics teacher | Mike Kelly

Newton High School robotics teacher makes masks for doctors and nurses on a 3D printer at home.

You can watch the video above and read the story here.

Teachers won’t be able to say goodbye, so Class of 2020 got a cute send-off video instead

A canceled prom. The likely scenario of an altered, untraditional graduation. A final year of high school, physically distant from friends and teachers they’ve known for years.

You can watch the video above and read the story here.

Above and beyond teacher keeps choir students encouraged with musical messages of love amid pandemic

Everyone knows how big of a lasting imprint that teachers can have on their students, but one teacher is going above and beyond the call of duty to keep her students feeling loved.

You can watch the video above and read the story here.

Teachers going above and beyond for their students during COVID-19

Many teachers across Maine are doing what they can to bond with their students these days and show the children and their families that they are not alone.

You can watch the video above and read the story here.

Brandywine High students using 3D printers to help meet need for masks in coronavirus fight

Wilt and eight other students have been working with printers the school allowed them to take home. The engineering students have been trying to find the proper design for the N95 masks.

You can watch the video above and read the story here.

Staying in Touch: Why Kids Need Teachers During Coronavirus School Closings

On the second day of her school’s COVID-19 related closure, sixth-grade teacher Elizabeth Raff sent her students a video through Google Classroom. In it, she talked about what she had been up to, including celebrating her son’s second birthday at home, and she told her students that she missed them and wanted to hear how they were doing. She invited them to send her an email, and she promised to reply. Within a few hours, her inbox was flooded. 

You can read the story here.

VCSC teachers go above and beyond for students

Students will not be going to school in Indiana until at least May 1st. Teachers across the Wabash Valley are doing everything they can to still connect with their students.

You can watch the video above and read the story here.

Here’s how people are celebrating students and their teachers during COVID-19

All across the state of Iowa, teachers are showing students that they are still thinking about them during this troubling time.

Schools are closed until at least April 13 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but teachers are finding a way to keep in touch through social distancing.

You can watch the video above and read the story here.

Local Teachers Visit Students While Social Distancing

Millions of students across Texas are on extended breaks because of the coronavirus. It’s hard on everyone involved. It’s hard for the kids, as their school years have been unexpectedly interrupted. It’s hard for the teachers who work tirelessly to ensure their kids are learning, no matter what.

You can watch the video above and read the story here.

CPS hands out over 500K meals in 3 days of coronavirus closures: ‘This is something great Chicago’s doing for us’

So far, CPS has handed out almost 90,000 meal packages, which each include three days’ worth of breakfast and lunch, for a total of more than a half-million meals.

You can read the story here.

Noblesville teachers stage a car parade to honk and wave at students

North Elementary School teachers decorated their cars and drove through students’ neighborhoods to honk and wave from afar in Noblesville, Ind., Sunday, March 22, 2020. Over 30 teachers lined up in their cars for the small parade on Sunday during the coronavirus shutdown.

See more heartwarming photos here.

Maps: LA & OC Families In Need Can Get Free Food At These Places While Schools Are Closed

Schools around Los Angeles and Orange counties have closed in an effort to prevent further spread of coronavirus.

As LAUSD officials pointed out, that wasn’t an easy decision, because many families depend on schools for meals, child care, and services for students with special needs.

See the location maps here.

Schools feed students during shutdown

The 33 school sites will serve meals free of charge for all St. Louis children 18 and younger from 8 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday for the dates listed. No student ID is required.

For a list of distribution sites and hours of operation, click through to the story here.

I’m a kindergarten teacher and my heart aches for kids doing remote learning during coronavirus outbreak

To alleviate the concerns of my students (my friends, as I like to call them), I posted a video to my newly created Twitter account of the fish being fed. I posted a photo of them swimming the next day.

Read this Kindergarten teacher’s full story here.

NYSUT Members Are Meeting Critical Needs in a Time of Crisis

New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) members are stepping up across New York State to meet critical needs in this time of crisis.

Watch the video above to learn how.

If you’re a teacher in NY you can share your story here.

Chino Valley USD Students Spread Hope During School Closures Due to COVID-19

The Chino Valley Unified School District posted a video of the Chino Hills High School Chamber Singers performing “Over The Rainbow.” The students were disappointed to miss the district’s Choral Festival. They recorded the song “with the goal of spreading hope and cheer during this difficult time.”

Watch their full performance above.

“They are allowing kids to eat”: Denver children relying on meals provided by schools amid closure

“Families having one less thing to worry about is one way we can contribute positively and stand behind those more vulnerable in our community,” Figoli said. “No virus is stronger than our community.”

Read the story here.

Florida schools offer free meals to students during extended coronavirus closures

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and the Division of Food, Nutrition, and Wellness launched a website to help families find the closest schools where they can pick up breakfast and lunch during the extended break.

Read the story here.

County-by-county: School districts provide free lunches for students

A county by county list of where families can pick up free food for all children, not just students enrolled in a particular school.

You can watch the story above and see the full list of locations here.

Here are the ways students can get free meals while school is out

With all Arizona schools closed through at least Friday, March 27, several districts are offering free meal services for students.

Here is a list of the free meal programs being offered by the school districts in southern Arizona.

School buses become meal delivery for Mason County kids during coronavirus shutdown

They’re meant to deliver students, but with schools closed the bus drivers of the North Mason School District are now delivering meals to those students.

Watch the video above and read the story here.

More images of our public schools feeding the nation’s children.