Blue Ridge Elementary Students and Teachers are embracing this new world of COVID-19 online and home learning. Our teachers are amazing and have embraced their new tasks with passion, creativity, and love. Our students have shared a wide variety of emotions and feelings with us. Some enjoy being home playing video games and having downtime, but most miss their friends and teachers (and quite possibly the routine!). Google Meets and Zooms bring students and teachers together to provide connection and bring smiles and laughter through what can be a lonely time. Our paraprofessionals, nutrition staff, and bus drivers are working hard to get meals to students as well as connecting with students through calls and snail-mail.
My favorite teacher (my mom) said, “We can’t change what is happening, but we CAN control how we react. We, teachers, love our kids and each other, we will show that love through this unprecedented time!” We are proud of the love we see in our BRES Staff!
BRES hosted its annual STEAM Night on March 10, 2020. Students created cardboard arcade games in small groups during weekly STEAM classes led by BRES STEAM Teacher, Ms. Teresa Tate. This project was inspired by Caine’s Arcade, a 9 year old boy from Los Angeles who created an arcade completely out of cardboard boxes and everyday objects. Our students researched arcade games, planned, designed, and journaled their game in groups, then worked hard to engineer them. Prizes, such as gently used toys, were also donated by BRES families and teachers for students to choose from with their tickets redeemed from games. A Big Bear hug goes out to Mr. Dan Goswick, Lynn Reist, and Holly Sloan who volunteered and came to our STEAM classes to help students with the creation and assembly process! All of the arcade games were set out around the BRES cafeteria where families came and played the games. Students enjoyed showing off their creations and playing their friends’ creations. Thanks to all who came out to support our students and school. We hope the BRES Cardboard Arcade inspired our students to be creative!
Pictured are: Chloe Wishart, Kevin Wishart, Bennett Colbert, Barbara King, Copen Daves, Molly Prince, Eva Raque, Farrell Roring, Ashley Tamberino, Kyle Allen, Khadija Usman, Jaelyn Breaux, Casen Bailey, Archer Twiggs, and Gabriel Partin.