The people in my neighborhood have a private Facebook page. Most posts deal with someone needing to borrow a missing ingredient for dinner, help moving something, or reporting an escaped dog with a plea to please keep an eye out for the cavorting canine. But I saw a post yesterday that fully captured my attention. This awesome young couple, B & C, moved in down the street from us almost a year ago. They have two adorable children in addition to those that B provides daycare services for. If someone's dog gets out, it's usually B who corals it and cares for it until it can be fetched by its owner. If someone needs sugar, butter or potatoes to finish making their dinner, B is almost always the first to step up. But this time, she went even further above and well beyond. In September, our local school district is planning to send children in the early elementary grades to the classroom full time. Parents who are uncomfortable with this due to COVID concerns may opt for a virtual education for their children. This is where the angel reference comes in. B posted that she is turning their spare bedroom into a school-like setting for those wishing to do the virtual school program. She will run a structured school experience Monday through Thursday from 12:30 to 4:30 for six children . This includes phys ed, circle time, storytime, music, and art, as well as the virtual school work provided by the school district. Parents need only to provide transportation and a snack. Oh, and did I mention that she is doing this free of charge? Imagine the relief felt by one or two beleaguered parents told to work from home and, oh, by the way, run school for your children. Or parents terrified at the thought of exposing their children to what may be a COVID classroom, but who are still required to work long days as essential workers. Or, or, or... This family's generosity is such an inspiration. I contacted her immediately, applauded what she is doing, and promised to round up paper, crayons, colored pencils, etc for the kids to use. It's the least I can do for my neighbor, the angel.
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