Hometown Heroes: U-46 School District
To say that schools have been impacted by the recent stay-at-home order is a complete understatement. Children have been at home for weeks now, which can make life more stressful for the kids, their parents, and educators. Elgin’s U-46 school district has taken this tough situation and have found ways to remain present in the lives of its students. Having implemented a virtual system, Distance Learning Days, students are able to continue to receive an education. But U-46 has not stopped there, here are more reasons why everyone involved at U-46 are Hometown Heroes.
Why U-46 School District is Full of Hometown Heroes
On March 13, U-46 had to shut down its schools, and all events and activities. Understanding how many students and families rely on school meals they jumped into action. Just 3 days later they had organized a program that provided free meals to all children under the age of 18. Available at over 25 locations across the Elgin area, families can pick up pre-packaged meals that include breakfast, lunch, dinner and a snack. On its first day more than 3,800 meals packages were handed out.
School nurses in the U-46 district were left with medications for students after the school closing. They took it upon themselves to package these medications and personally deliver them to each student to be sure they had what they needed during their time at home.
The U-46 Facebook page has been a constant resource for anyone who has been impacted by the recent closing of schools. This includes social and emotional health tips for those facing stress and anxiety for the first time. They have also included resources that are educational yet entertaining like daily zoo chats, and other learning-based information being featured from the Elgin History Museum and the Elgin Public Museum. U-46 is continuing to inspire students by highlighting U-46 alumni and their accomplishments.
The educators at U-46 have done so much to continue to be there for their students. Many have begun daily book readings, and this movement has inspired so many other people in the community to do the same, like Officer Tracey from the Bartlett Police Department.
Superintendent Tony Sanders has been monumental in keeping communication open and accessible to the community. Since the initial shut down in March he has posted multiple videos to inform and educate students, their parents and staff about what’s going on and what the district is doing.
Jennifer Brown, a U-46 music teacher has begun visiting students to fix broken strings on instruments for her students. She has vocalized the value of music during this time and continues to help her students and encouraging music as a therapeutic outlet.
The anonymous donor who filled the school’s book lending library full of food.
The Current, is a student-run, broadcasted newsmagazine from Elgin High School’s Academy of Media and Digital Arts has been continuing to update and entertain the community from home.
The U-46 United Fundraiser, was created because of the severe impact this crisis has had, leaves families struggling to make ends meet. The goal is to raise money to help these families. Learn more or make a donation
The Music Department district-wide has been name one of the “Best Communities for Music Education” from the NAMM Foundation. Again, for the second consecutive year- Congratulations!
Thank you U-46 School District for Relentlessly Supporting the Elgin Area Community!
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