Two teachers from America came up with a fun way to keep their kids safe by putting them in the driver’s seat.
It broke their hearts to think of their learners sitting behind protective glass screens all day. So two teachers from America came up with a fun way to keep their kids safe by putting them in the driver’s seat.
When Patricia Dovi (35) and Kim Martin (51), two first grade teachers from St Barnabas Episcopal School in Florida, were given plexiglass trifolds to put up as a physical barrier on desks, they felt that these new additions to their classrooms would overwhelm their young learners. So they set to work, transforming all the desks into cute Jeep cars.
Their clever creations feature paper tyres, headlights and licence plates and the dreaded plexiglass screens now serve as windshields.
Not only are Patricia and Kim’s classrooms connected by an adjoining door, but they often share lesson plans and supplies. Therefore, working on this project came naturally to both of them.
“Teachers always help teachers, but it’s been magnified this year,” Patricia says. Despite feelings of apprehension about the dangers of being exposed to the virus, she says that she has formed a good sisterhood with many amazing teachers who are always willing to help.
Kim and Patricia are not the original creators of this car idea though - they were inspired by a kindergarten teacher from Texas named Jennifer Pierson.
It is Jennifer who shared the template for the desk-shield Jeep design with teachers on social media.
In a caption accompanying the image, Jennifer writes: "No playing. Masks all day. Six feet apart at all times. School seems like a frightening place, when you read about all the safety measures kids will have to adhere to this year."
Kim says when they spotted Jennifer’s design they knew it was the perfect way to inject some fun into the classroom while following Covid-19 health and safety guidelines.
"We had a little meet-the-teacher session and we gave them the keys to their car and told them to stay in their car at all times and wear a mask when they get out in case they come across hazardous conditions,” Kim says.
Although the school will only open later this week, many students have expressed how they can’t wait to take their desks for a test drive, the teachers shared.
Kim, who has been a teacher for over 20 years, is very happy about the response to the cars.
"All of us have some sort of anxiety about going back to school. It's going to look 100% different but our goal is making our kids happy,” she says.
SOURCES: edition.cnn.com, foxnews.com, distractify.com