TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Elementary school teachers throughout the Wabash Valley are finding ways to connect with their students while school is closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb last week closed all K-12 schools throughout the state until May 1 to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
Over the weekend, Hoosier Prairie Elementary principal Jennifer Nickle and teacher Erin Frazier drove to student houses to talk to them through storm doors. They also left bags of activities on their doorsteps.
“We still care about them,” Nickel said, “We’re still out there we’re still loving on them, just from a far.”
“I didn’t realize how connected I was to them. They’re so lovey and some of them climb up all over you all day and I miss that more than anything,” added 1st grade teacher, Erin Frazier.
Benjamin Franklin Elementary administrators and teachers took part in a parade Tuesday, driving through neighborhoods to greet their students. Students stood outside, holding up signs for their educators.
Jennifer Norris, a first grade teacher, said the parade had a “wonderful turnout.” She noted it was nice to know how much students missed being at school and appreciated their teachers as much as they did.
“We love you we miss you we hope that you are safe having some fun still reading those books but most importantly we love you and we are so excited for that day when we get to be back together again.”
Norris mentioned she was excited by the thought of seeing her students in a classroom once again ending with, “Knowing that what we do every day makes a difference and that they do miss us as much as we miss them is everything.”