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Despite Being Forced Apart, Teachers And Students Stay Connected

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Michele Skalicky
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Teachers across the Ozarks are finding innovative ways to connect with their students since the coronavirus is forcing them to be apart.

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This week, teachers from Willard Central Elementary formed a car parade and drove through their students’ neighborhoods.  Cars bore messages such as “We Miss U,” “Keep Reading” and “You R World Changers.”  Kids drew messages for their teachers with sidewalk chalk and held up signs.  Both students and teachers waved at each other from a safe distance.

"We are working together to make sure that we can continue to find unique ways to connect with each other," said Melody Thweatt, a speech/language pathologist at Willard Central.  "If that's virtually, that's wonderful.  The car parade was the perfect way to be visible in a socially appropriate distancing way, and we are continuing to brainstorm and try to find new ways to continue to connect with each other."

Another way they’re staying connected is through a YouTube Video, created by both teachers and students, called Community Time.

Thweatt said they'll find out soon what the new learning set up will look like.  In the meantime, they'll continue to come together in innovative ways.