Katie Griffin, a Eufaula Primary School kindergarten teacher, took it upon herself to visit all her students (while practicing social distancing) to give them goodie baskets.
Devastated by the recent news of school closing, knowing she wouldn’t be able to see her students in the classroom again, “I had to do something to fix the hurt I was feeling and the only way to do that was to see my students and let them know I’m still here.” Griffin shared these students held a special place in her heart and “this class gave me back my love for teaching that I had lost.”
Griffin had to contact each parent about devices for at-home instruction and while on the phone she talked to her students and asked parents’ permission to drop off goodie baskets at their homes.
According to Griffin, “All the students smiled and laughed parents agreed and were very supportive.”
“I felt so much better after seeing my kids, it was all worth it to see all their smiles,” said Griffin.
Griffin assembled 19 Easter baskets filled with plastic eggs, kid-friendly handwashing information, snacks, candy, school supplies, and games.
It took two days to visit all her students. Griffin said, “All the students smiled and laughed when they saw me out in their front yard.”
Although she loved seeing all her students’ reactions, one student’s reaction stood out: “I placed the goodie basket on the top doorstep and inside the house the student waited to run out and see me. I told her she couldn’t come out until I was off the steps and in the front yard. Once I was in the yard, the student ran down the steps to give me a hug, but I had to move away and tell her again we had to stay apart, and we couldn’t give hugs now. Even after I told her this, she tried to run down the steps again.”
Griffin says the kids are staying connected with her by sending photos and calling about what they are doing while at home.
After she visited all her students, “I felt so much better after seeing my kids, it was all worth it to see all their smiles,” said Griffin.