PARKLAND, FL- The Coronavirus pandemic has ushered in a new era of life in most areas of our world. No area appears to have been impacted more than the educational system, which has some of the most complex challenges to face in the coming season. Millions of students are adjusting to the "new normal" nationally, and local residents are facing challenges that never could have been anticipated in years past.
Local parent and educator Michele Mizrachy has been on both sides of the experience. Mizrachy, a counselor at North Broward Preparatory School, has been teaching, volunteering, or counseling at local schools since 1995. Her son, Jacob, is a senior North Broward Preparatory student that attended Park Trails Elementary and Westglades Middle School. The pair were brainstorming ways to express support for the effort that teachers are putting into making the massive adjustment to school this year, and they were inspired by the "adopt-a-senior" effort that was organized for local graduates and decided to organize an "Adopt-a-Teacher" program for educators in Parkland, Coral Springs, and Coconut Creek. Michele's daughter Becca, a sophomore at North Broward Preparatory School, jumped on board and contributes to the site and project.
"Most teachers work beyond contracted hours, spend so much time planning, work hard not only on curriculum, but building individual connections with their students," says Mizrachy. "Teaching is far beyond a love for a certain subject or age group, but more of a love to help their students grow and become the best person they can be."
The Adopt-a-Teacher program is intended to be a simple expression of support and care for local educators as they selflessly dive into a new world of education.
"Many teachers don't know if their schools will return online, or in-school," adds Jacob. "Even a little token of appreciation and love goes a long way. As I am a senior in high school, I have seen how hard teachers work and help shape kids' futures."
Anyone is welcome to join and support the Adopt-a-Teacher program, and the group agrees to follow a few simple rules:
-Positive comments only
-Those adopting need to reach out to the person that posted to obtain contact information
-Does not need to be a large investment, we just want the staff member to feel appreciated
-Please share with family and friends
-Feel free to post pictures of items being delivered or received
The school season is just around the corner and local educators are navigating a brand new world. A little kindness goes a long way, and Michele, Jacob and Becca Mizrachy are putting their best foot forward in the effort.
"It feels amazing to work on this initiative, as in our opinion no one works harder than teachers, creating a foundation for kids and building self-esteem," summarizes Mizrachy. "During the pandemic they have stepped up to the challenge and continue to make a difference for our kids and deserve so much recognition. This is the least our community can do!"
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