In the age of COVID-19, social distancing, and closed schools we’re all struggling a bit to find our way. It’s an uncertain time and while watching Governor DeWine and Dr. Acton each day at 2:00 P.M. brings us all together in a small way, it’s not the connection most of us are looking for.
In Worthington our school district is looking for ways to provide hope and positive engagement for our kids and families. I’ve told our team that “I hope when this is all over our students and parents say, ‘They tried that remote learning thing and did o.k. but man it was cool how clear it was that they cared about my child and about us as a family.’” So far I think we’re on track. If you go to our district Facebook page you’ll see videos from the Granby and WKHS teachers, you’ll see Bluffsview teachers in the neighborhoods, you’ll see a Worthington Park picture collage of messages to students, you’ll see our music teachers singing together featured on the morning news, and on and on and on. There are really great connection points going on in Worthington Schools.
We endeavor to be a school district that’s about kids and the community. Several of our elementary physical education teachers organized tonight’s “Great WoTown Backyard Campout.” It’s going to be a beautiful early April evening and our hope is that families all across Worthington pitch a tent in the backyard (or the family room if you’d rather stay inside), roast some marshmallows, throw some cornholl, and enjoy one another’s company in a fun and adventurous way. Mr. Smith from Liberty has had his tent up for several days now and I think he may have said he won’t sleep inside the house until school opens back up. I can’t confirm that, but that’s the rumor I heard…
We’ll be sitting out by the fire tonight in the backyard at our house because who wouldn’t want to be part of The Great WoTown Backyard Campout. (I’m not certain we’ll actually campout, but maybe we’ll just let the kids sleep in the backyard.) I hope you’ll be part of this fun, unique Worthington evening!
-Trent Bowers, Superintendent