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Friendly Faces and Virtual Lunches: Sawmill Creek Elementary Stays Connected

Friendly Faces and Virtual Lunches: Sawmill Creek Elementary Stays Connected
Posted on 04/21/2020
Friendly Faces and Virtual Lunches: Sawmill Creek Elementary Stays Connected

This month, the OCDSB has been helping students continue with their learning by distributing computers and Internet to families. For students in the English Literacy Development (ELD) program at Sawmill Creek Elementary School, these devices provide opportunities to connect with their school community in this challenging time.


"With the delivery of Chromebooks," says ELD teacher Rachel Zacharko, "I have been able to video chat with seven of my 11 students this week. I've been able to meet so many of their family members (I even got to see a brand new, two-and-a-half week old brother) and they've got the chance to see friendly, familiar faces that they haven't seen in a long time!"


Google Meets have allowed Rachel's students to catch up with their friends from school, and even enjoy a virtual pita lunch together. 


"I know that being able to participate in these video chats is having a positive impact on their well-being," says Rachel. “Some of them just want to stay on our Meet and hang out, talking for a couple of hours. … I'm grateful that I'm able to connect with them and provide them with some positive experiences.”


As we continue our distribution of over 7,000 Chromebooks and 1,700 hotspots across our community, we are inspired by the many ways in which staff, students, and families are reaching out virtually and building our Culture of Caring.


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