The plan was to return to Columbia on September 1 for in-class storytelling with first graders. It couldn’t happen due to the high numbers of COVID cases, higher than during the severe pre-vaccine days of this pandemic. Schools didn’t want another person on campus to be concerned about. The more I thought about it, I didn’t want to be on campus either, having to worry about being exposed even though vaccinated. I might spread it somewhere else.
Then, one of the second grade teachers emailed and asked if I could do virtual storytelling with her class, like I did last year. Yes I could. We had our first session on Thursday. I emailed the first grade teachers and asked if they would like to do likewise. Yes, they would. Next week I am scheduled for four sessions, over two days, with first and second graders.
It’s not the same as in-person, but it’s safe, and it’s still fun. I’ll channel Mr. Rogers and do my best to bring a story and a lesson. If nothing else, I hope I’m showing the students, and teachers, how to be resilient.