Covid-19 Ransacked Schools
Thousands of schools have suffered at the hands of the covid-19 induced pandemic. So much so that they had to close their doors permanently, leaving kids without the opportunity to socialize with their peers, participate in sports, and, in the case of staff shortages, experience well-crafted lesson plans to be taught to them.
One school in Clayton, Missouri, Meramec Elementary School, has faced enormous staff shortages from teachers to administration. PE teachers have also been in a significant need for the school to satisfy.
Fortunately for Meramec, though, the school sits only about 10 miles from where the Major League Baseball club, the St. Louis Cardinals, play at Busch Stadium. One of the Cardinals, Harrison Bader, seized the opportunity to be able to help out his community when he reached out to Missouri Senator Brian Williams to volunteer as a PE teacher.
Surprise MLB Appearance
Bader, a center fielder for the Cardinals, surprised the students as special visitor for an hour of their day.
While volunteering, Bader participated in a game the kids had learned: throwing balls into garbage bins on a basketball court.
Bader admitted in a humbled manner that, “In the game that they played they had a lot more success than I did.” However, he did further mention that he “…had a lot more success on the field playing in front of St. Louis fans.”
For some of his youngest fans at Meramec, Bader graciously signed some of the kids’ Cardinals gear they had on.
Principal Patrick Fisher, who Senator Williams contacted to let know that Bader was interested in volunteering, led Bader throughout the school and to the PE class period.
He said that Bader dropping in “… was really just a way to boost morale for the kids to have a lot of fun and make some memories.”
Help the Kids
With various schools in a bit of a chaotic, everybody available needs to help sort of mentality, every little bit of help will impact significantly. Bader, a Major League Baseball player, visiting will stick in the kids’ minds for years to come. Even if the child did not necessarily know who Bader was or what it signified exactly that Bader was a professional athlete, the act of someone helping their community with his presence will impact everyone involved.
Fisher related his feelings that he wanted to encourage anyone able to reach out to their local schools to see if they can help out in any way. Every school is feeling the effects of the pandemic and could use help in some form of fashion.
Boston had over a thousand employees were out of a job when their school closed. Greensboro, North Carolina had to suspend bus transportation due to a bus driver shortage directly negatively impacted by covid-19. And even Las Vegas’ Clark County announced that they needed to take a five-day hiatus in order to sort out their staffing issues.
If anyone is able to help out as Bader did with his local community, that person should indeed capitalize on the need. Teachers and schools always need funding, perhaps a charitable donation can go a long way. Administrators are pulling their hair out in an effort to find more teachers and staff to employ their institutions. Perhaps allowing safety precautions to be implemented at the school will be beneficial. Possibly even volunteering time to shuttle kids to and from school could be beneficial to the institutions.
At any rate, the institutions will need to ensure that anyone who wants to volunteer their time is vetted and an upstanding community member. Kids in these days need to see strong character and attitude to carry them through their formative years. Seeing volunteers such as Bader will show them how to help out their fellow man.