Liberty Park Teacher Thanks the Kids

Liberty Park ES Teacher Encourages Public to #ThanktheKids With Heartfelt Video
Posted on 04/17/2020
Like many teachers, Liberty Park Elementary ESOL teacher Sasha Morello immediately thought of the students as schools began to close.

“They are so kind, brave, resilient, forgiving, and impressionable,” Morello said. “I kept seeing all the grownups, parents, teachers, and workers get acknowledged, but for some reason, no one was thanking the kids.”

So she felt she had to find a way to say “thank you” to all of the children affected during this difficult time, given that she wasn’t able to see students in person or at school.

“I asked a bunch of grownups from around the world to send a message to the kids,” Morello said. “The only direction they were given was to make a video of what you wish a grownup would say to you if you were a young person going through this experience.”

What she got was a message of gratitude and love in many languages from across the globe. Morello says none of the participants knew what the others’ messages were until they saw the final produced product. “Each message was straight from their heart,” she said.

Morello stated that once she received the messages from friends, the teacher became the student. “I had to ask my former students who are now in middle, high school, and college for help,” she said. “They became my teachers when it came to editing, technology, and even shared their sweet pet videos for cameo appearances.”

Now, Morello is challenging everyone in the School District, across the nation and around the world to join in the challenge by sharing ways they are thanking the children and students. “It would be wonderful if the parents got involved too, as we all know stress is at an all-time high, and patience can be low,” she says. “It may help bring smiles and new perspectives.”

To participate in the challenge, share your videos using #ThanktheKids and #ThanktheKidsChallenge.

Morello offers this advice as a reminder of what’s important: The younger generation will carry this into adulthood. They need support, encouragement, guidance, joy, and calmness as they carve their own path through this time - we all do! From babies to college students ALL kids deserve a #thankyou just for showing up and being who they are.

If it weren’t for the children, the news and late-night shows would not be interrupted with sweet faces and voices, social media would be boring, parenting memes would be obsolete, teacher, birthday, and neighborhood car parades would never happen, and our world would just not be as bright.

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