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District's educators filling gaps, meeting needs

PITTSBORO — Across Chatham County Schools, educators have been innovating and improvising, doing whatever it takes to meet the needs of students and families while schools are closed due to the new coronavirus, or COVID-19. 

Educational material was prepared at the district level to facilitate at-home learning. When the material was distributed March 20 at the district’s campuses, educators there at the school level realized that not all families would be able to drop by to pick up the learning packets, as well as food. 

Some of those educators hit the road. 

“We have delivered each day,” North Chatham Elementary School Principal Carla Murray said. “We have areas that a bus can’t get to. Our social worker and child nutrition staff have made sure folks are being fed.”

Chatham Central High School guidance counselor Sandra Young delivered 30 plates of food to 14 houses, said Dr. Karla Eanes, Chatham Central’s principal.  

“We are delivering 40 to 50 lunches per day to our kids,” J.S. Waters School Principal Chris Bowling said. “Some, when they come out, state, ‘Now we can eat.’ The feeding program has been a major success.”

The district’s at-home learning website is at bit.ly/2WrLgyO.

Published March 25, 2020