Brogden Middle staff unite to feed kids during pandemic

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“Hola!”

“Everyone doing OK?”

“So glad to see you!”

Parents and students received those greetings from the Brogden Middle School staff Thursday and Friday as they picked up breakfast and lunch from the cafeteria.

All Wayne County Public Schools are closed due to the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) pandemic. According to WCPS officials, more than 12,000 meals were distributed at 11 different sites this past week.

“While it is unfortunate, it [the pandemic] has really brought the community together, it has brought Wayne County Public Schools together, it has brought our teachers together,” said Dr. Damesha Smith, principal of Brogden Middle.

“Everyone is working together to make sure that everyone impacted has an outlet, have what they need.”

Parents picked up packets for their children, who can work on their reading and math skills until classes resume. Smith said Brogden Middle teachers have created a Google platform for students who have internet.

Students can visit the Brogden Middle website for academic purposes, but will see some physical activities they can do at home. Parents were given a copy of “Seven Steps to Highly Effective Families” by Stephen Covey. The book entails how to embrace your child and work with them academically.

“We want them to unplug, get outside and play, which is a term that is foreign to some of them,” Smith said. “That’s why we have our administrative team out here today and one of our teachers so that we can see them and know that they are OK, and that they are doing well.”

Smith said several students have either emailed or reached out to Brogden Middle staff via Facebook messenger.

Teachers participated in a conference call last Wednesday.

They relayed to Smith and Assistant Principal Kamesha Johnson that they’re contacting students and working with them. Smith reminded parents to please answer the phone when they call or be sure to call them back.

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