Must See: Westport Kids’ Touching Message to Healthcare Workers [VIDEO]
When kindergarteners come together to compile a loving message to all healthcare workers, it's a one-way ticket to waterworks city.
It all started on The Rock & Fox Show as Michael Rock and I received a moving video that was submitted by a couple of Westport Macomber School kindergarten teachers, Michelle Fortin Thomas and Jenn Medeiros. Together the teachers compiled their classroom students' video submissions into one movie. Each video was a heartfelt "thank you" to our doctors, nurses, CNAs and everyone else on the front lines of this COVID-19 pandemic.
Seriously, though, I'd be lying if I said I didn't get teary-eyed each time I watched it.
Lately, I've noticed that even when teachers are pulled out of their everyday teaching environments and routines, they still find ways to produce creativity through social distancing.
"So, it started with my principal sending out an email requesting we have sort of a spirit week with our classes," Thomas said. "Monday was 'Magical Monday' where we honor the people making magic and keeping us safe. So I thought what’s better than hearing it right from the kids? Jenn and I asked our parents to send us a video of the children saying a special message to doctors and nurses."
It's one thing to host a Zoom classroom with fifth and sixth graders, but when it comes to kindergarteners, it can sometimes be a difficult task.
"Remote learning with kindergarteners can be tricky, because we don’t do a lot of worksheets, so this was a perfect opportunity to ask the kids to participate in a meaningful way," Thomas said. "I knew it would be cute, but when I saw the individual videos coming in, I was crying and thought we needed a video of them all together spreading their message."
Together, Thomas and Medeiros (with the help of Thomas's daughter) created a beautiful video for all healthcare workers out there who have been working tremendous hours in unhealthy environments.
"Luckily, my 14-year-old daughter Abby and her computer skills helped me pull it off," Thomas said.
To everyone out there who has been tirelessly working hard to protect the health of the world in an attempt to overcome this terrible coronavirus epidemic, we here at Fun 107 are right there with the Macomber students thanking you for all you do.
Not all heroes were capes. Some wear masks and scrubs.