Lindsey Taylor is a fifth-grade teacher at Frank M. Silvia Elementary School in Fall River. School staff members recently created a video to encourage the “Five Cs” of getting through the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. The five pillars aren’t just meant for their students, but for the SouthCoast community as a whole.

“Communication, connection, care, compassion, and comfort are paramount during times like these,” says Taylor. “We wanted our video to show a series of tasks that would model the five Cs and could be started by one staff member and continued by another staff member in the comfort of our own homes!”

Taylor described how the “Frank M. Silvia Elementary School 5 Cs Challenge” came to be. “We created a detailed script and sent out a sign-up sheet for video volunteers. We were blown away by the quick and eager response of our staff! We had to add more slots within minutes of sharing and over 70 staff members starred in our video.”

The ‘Silvia Squad’ assembled, figuratively speaking, and went above and beyond by sending in video clips and signs filled with creativity and excitement. The video shows an individual staff member performing a task in his or her home and the next teacher continues it using common household items.

“It was a team effort, but definitely helped to have a dedicated staff member with experience in video production,” says Taylor. “The ‘Family Matters’ theme song playing in the background set the tone with its sentimental lyrics: “As days go by, we’re gonna fill our house with happiness. The moon may cry, we’re gonna smother the blues with tenderness… As days go by, it’s the bigger love of the family.”

The Silvia family is spread across the SouthCoast and they are certainly missing their loved ones all over.

“Ultimately, our goal for this video was to create another way we could come together to connect with our Silvia community and put smiles on the faces of the students and families that we miss more than words,” says Taylor. “We have already received many messages from families expressing how much they enjoyed our video.”

The video has received over a thousand views since posting on Thursday, April 9.

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