A teacher at Justus-Tiawah Public Schools is making a point to connect to her students during the COVID-19 pandemic, before distance learning begins for public schools on April 6.
Fourth Grade teacher Megan Moseley hosted a storytime for her students from home, reading Dolly Parton's "Coat of Many Colors" on Facebook Live.
“I had some books and so I thought, let's just have a little storytime. Because of course the libraries are closed, as well,” Moseley said.
But Moseley is also stepping outside. She, along with other teachers in the district, had a parade on Friday. They drove through their students' neighborhoods to say hi, from a distance.
"You can see how much these kids love school,” Moseley said.
Each of Moseley's students got another surprise at home, a handwritten letter in the mail.
"It was really nice,” Ava Jestes said.
Jestes shared some of what her teacher wrote.
"Please know I'm thinking about you and can't wait to see you when we get back,” Jestes said.
Moseley received letters in her mailbox the very next day. One from a student named Jake asks, "Am I still going to be Student of the Month?"
"I will definitely recognize him back in August when we return back to school. So he is the honorable student of the month for the entire summer,” Moseley said.
Another student wrote back to share that she started writing a book about her experience with the pandemic.
As Moseley prepares for distance learning next week, she knows while she won't share a classroom with her students, they won't be far apart.
"Through this whole transition, our administration has urged us, keep those connections. Keep those relationships,” Moseley said.
Moseley said she may have another storytime session on Facebook soon.