‘I miss them’: Teacher writes notes of encouragement to students amid coronavirus crisis

An elementary school teacher in California is making sure her students know she is thinking of them while schools are shut down because of the coronavirus outbreak. Barbara Auld, who teaches second grade, said it’s been so hard not seeing her students every day. She decided to spend an entire day writing all 22 of them a personal letter with words of encouragement and advice for while they’re at home. She let them know how much she cared about them, and wanted to make sure they knew they could pick up free, to-go lunches school every day. She also suggested learning activities they could do at home and urged them to start a journal of their experience away from school. The second-grade teacher said she wants the cards to give students hope. “I miss them tremendously,” she said. “I have shed some tears over it. I told them to read. I told them to keep that journal. I’m thinking of them. I’m hoping that we are going to get back together soon. That is my hope, that I will get to see them before they go on to third grade next year.”She hopes her students will be inspired to write her back soon. She encourages other teachers who are missing their students to do what she did.

An elementary school teacher in California is making sure her students know she is thinking of them while schools are shut down because of the coronavirus outbreak.

Barbara Auld, who teaches second grade, said it’s been so hard not seeing her students every day.

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She decided to spend an entire day writing all 22 of them a personal letter with words of encouragement and advice for while they’re at home.

She let them know how much she cared about them, and wanted to make sure they knew they could pick up free, to-go lunches school every day. She also suggested learning activities they could do at home and urged them to start a journal of their experience away from school.

The second-grade teacher said she wants the cards to give students hope.

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“I miss them tremendously,” she said. “I have shed some tears over it. I told them to read. I told them to keep that journal. I’m thinking of them. I’m hoping that we are going to get back together soon. That is my hope, that I will get to see them before they go on to third grade next year.”

She hopes her students will be inspired to write her back soon.

She encourages other teachers who are missing their students to do what she did.