My daughter’s school closed from Covid-19. Permanently – as in not starting up in the Fall. I’m sad for Kenna, and for her friends, for our family, but mostly for the teachers. They are 3 young women who built our school over the last 7 years. They have space in the back of a church where they teach songs about washing hands, have a bobble-head doll of RBG, and ease our kids away from us each morning with playdough or glitter or paint.
This is Kenna’s first experience of school and I’m SO grateful that it is a good one. Driving away most days she’d say, “I loooooove school – can I go back tomorrow? I’m hungry/thirsty/tired.” On March 12th I told her ‘yes’ not knowing what the next Monday would bring.
Her teachers are arranging daily zoom calls for story-time, Spanish, and show-and-tell. Please just imagine this with fifteen 3-year olds for a second. This will be the youngest generation to command: “If you’re not talking, can you mute yourself!”
Her teachers have scheduled social-distancing visits where they will say hi to the kids from their cars. This will be a great closure for the families and the teachers and a way for me to thank and express my gratitude to them.
For all of us who didn’t get a chance to say “good-bye,” or “thank you,” or “I’m grateful” in person and who are appreciating teachers now more than ever as we navigate “distance-learning,” we’ve discounted a limited-edition GRATITUDE bracelet for those celebrating Teacher Appreciation week.
No matter what you do, may I recommend sending a card, or a text, or making a phone-call to honor and celebrate those teachers in your life? Whether the teacher steered you through elementary school, your awkward teen years, or is a modern-day mentor – Happy Teacher Appreciation week. Being grateful is defined as “the readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.” We see you, teachers, and are grateful for you. Now more than ever!