Teachers spend the day visiting students to connect in-person

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – The separation between teachers and students during the pandemic has had a major impact on teaching and learning.

The staff at Garden Springs Elementary in Lexington have found a way to make a difference, once a month they visit their students to help maintain relationships and reward students for working hard during this time.

“We do really need the help with real teachers and not from a virtual computer,” Hernandez said.

3rd grader Ivan Hernandez said this year has been difficult, especially not getting to spend time in school with his friends and teachers.

“It wasn’t really the best year. I really wanted to get along with everyone but since this crazy year, I really didn’t have a bigger chance to have a great life,” Hernandez said.

So in order to get kids, like Hernandez, more in the school spirit, teachers at Garden Springs Elementary School cancelled classes Friday and spent the day visiting students in-person.

“It’s so much excitement. Most of the time, they’re all out on their porches, they’re waiting, they’re outside and super excited. To see them in real life, in-person, it’s the greatest thing ever,” 3rd-grade teacher Brittany Miracle said.

School staff wanted to take the opportunity to go out and say hi and see how their students are doing.

“I teach STEM, so it’s all hands-on. I’ve got to give a big shout out to all of our parents and caregivers that have stepped up to help their kids with all their work because doing video lessons with hands-on activities, it kind of raises some challenges,” STEM teacher Kathleen Kiely said.

Sometimes it’s a closeness that can only be felt in person, that brings joy back to the classroom.

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