Curry High sends video message to students

By NICOLE SMITH
Posted 3/26/20

CURRY — Students of Curry High School received a special surprise from their teachers this week.

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Curry High sends video message to students

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CURRY — Students of Curry High School received a special surprise from their teachers this week.

COVID-19 may have caused schools to be out, but that doesn't mean school communities around the county are not staying connected virtually. 

On Tuesday, a video with friendly hellos from Curry High teachers was uploaded to the school's Facebook page. Set to the tune of "Everywhere you look," nearly 20 faculty members of the school were featured doing a variety of activities at home. 

Curry High special education teacher Jorden Dickerson told the Daily Mountain Eagle that almost every teacher at the school submitted a video to be included in the project. Dickerson then edited all of the videos together as a gift to students.

"It was just to say hello to the students," Dickerson said. "We miss our co-workers and kids. It is not the same." 

She said the video briefly brought faculty and students back together virtually.

"It's like we were all together again, and that was the whole point, just to show the kids how much we miss them and want to be back with them."

As of Wednesday afternoon, the video on Curry High School's Facebook page had nearly 11,000 views.

Teachers were shown throughout the video doing a variety of activities, from baking to yard work, to exercising or playing with pets.

Curry High history teacher Christie Hudson shared with students that she was watching history documentaries while spending time away from school.

"I miss all of you," Hudson told students, "and I do miss my co-workers, but we'll see each other soon. I love you." 

Special education teacher and Beta Club sponsor Brook Meadows, who submitted a video for the project, said she has heard from students who really enjoyed the hello from their teachers.

"A lot of the students have commented. They've sent messages about how much they enjoyed it and how it made them laugh, and that was the point, to lift their spirits and our spirits and let them know we're still here and we're still thinking about them," Meadows said. "We miss them."

Meadows said teachers are eager to get back to school.

"Spring break is something that we usually look forward to. It gives us a break and the kids a break until we can finish the end of the school year, but this is just something we didn't anticipate," she said. "The not knowing is the worst — the not knowing if we're going to see them again this year. " 

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, public schools across the state have been closed for over a week. Walker County Schools closed on Monday, March 16, and will be closed until at least Monday, April 6. The closure may be extended, as Alabama State Superintendent Dr. Eric Mackey is expected to give an update on school closures this Thursday.

Curry High School Principal Eric Woodley said he is happy school employees could come together to let students know how much they mean to them.  

"When kids are supposed to be there, they don't want to be there, but when they're not there, they all want to be there," Woodley said. "The kids miss it, obviously the teachers miss it. I miss it. ... We're just trying to have fun in an unprecedented situation." 

At Curry Elementary School next door, teachers have been virtually reading books to students. A video has been posted to the Curry Elementary School Facebook page each day of a teacher reading their book of choice.

Curry Middle School has also created a "Coronavirus Shutdown 2020" album to highlight photographs of students spending time at home. The photos can be viewed on the Curry Middle School News & Information Facebook page.