Column: Pandemic cancels Sip and Spell, Calling for Kids events
Michael Hiland is a Sherwood Education Foundation member of the Sherwood School Board member.
This has been a difficult year for our community. Our teachers have had to learn a new way to teach and our students a new way to learn. Families have had to adjust their schedules, and businesses are struggling to maintain sales. The isolation from the pandemic is hard, but we must remember that we are not alone in this struggle.
The community is coming together. Our school PACs, sports and club groups are finding new ways to serve our families. The district is helping to provide wi-fi access, meals and Share Center resources to families in need. Government and community groups including the city, police, fire, church groups and community organizations like Rotary and Elks are working as hard as ever.
To our front-line health care workers who live in Sherwood, we owe them a great debt. They are working to comfort and save lives. They are the heroes of the pandemic. We owe it to them to wear the masks, practice social distancing and end this crisis. We have the power to do this.
SEF is also finding new ways to serve our students. We participated in a clothing drive for the Share Center. We are cancelling our Calling for Kids and Sip and Spell events this year.
We will focus on online fundraising to serve needs associated with distance learning and have funds available for restart needs when we are able to open the schools again. Please support us through the donation page on our website.
The pandemic is highlighting the importance of our schools like never before. We will come out of this with a heightened recognition of the value of our community institutions, and with a greater understanding of the vital role they play and the importance of participation within them. This will strengthen us and allow us to come out of this crisis better than we were before.
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