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Schools and their employees never cease to amaze.
Given all the uncertainty of the current times, we adults have a pressing responsibility to establish a sense of structure for our children. We must not let any panic permeate to them.
It's difficult enough for us grown-ups to fathom the mysteries we face. Instead of pretending everything is fine, we can communicate to our kids that, even when we plunge into a block wall of adversity, we can persevere.
Last week as schools heeded orders to close, employees penned a plan to help the kids about whom they care so much.
Food service workers passed out breakfasts and lunches starting Monday, and they'll continue to do so as long as possible. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has granted Kentucky schools a waiver under which they can receive reimbursement for the cost of meals.
This service will impact our kids in such a positive way. It will instill in them the desire to always help others in times of an apparent crisis.
These wonderful area teachers and administrators prepared thorough plans to help push through these tough times all while maintaining some semblance of "normalcy."
Understandably, not every area child has the luxury of depending on someone to apply these NTI lesson plans, but the teachers are working hard to do their part.
Parents and guardians must also do theirs. It's time to step up and put your children first.
Can you imagine a young mind trying to comprehend all of this?
Let's take advantage of this time, too -- if feasible -- to teach our children basic life skills such as cooking, cleaning, doing laundry, maintaining a vehicle and treating others with respect.
A big "thank you" is appropriate for area school employees as they continue serving our kids.
-- Daily Independent, Ashland