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Thad Walker, Meredosia, Illinois

How To Cope With Covid-19 In A Community With Online Shortcomings

March 20, 2020 |
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Read below for an interesting report from Thad Walker of Meredosia, Illinois (Meredosia-Chambersburg Schools). You can share yours here: bit.ly/iaartcovid

"We are working very hard to see that all of students are getting lunches and continuous engagement. As of today we have handed out 155 lunches and breakfast bags. We have everyone pick up their packets for learning. Through this hard time it is great to see how small town/ rural people rise to the occasion. We have had an influx of volunteers throughout the day. The staff has brought a lot of laughter and smiles to the parents and students today.

We are 100% free and reduced school with a lot of our families not having access to wi-fi, so that is why we have decided to do packets. The families have been very receptive and appreciative of what we have been able to give them for the instructional support.

I am the superintendent of one of the smallest rural schools in the state, and I could not imagine being any place else. I absolutely love my job and my peers that I work with. We pride ourselves on being a family school with family values."

Thank you, Thad! The Rural Advantage

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