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Alexandria Country Day School Teacher Runs 20 Miles to Visit Her Students

Alexandria Country Day School teacher Sarah Shannon mapped out her students’ homes and ran a 20-mile visiting marathon to say a “social distance” hello to each of them during the 2020 Covid-19 quarantine. (Photo: Sarah Shannon)

ALEXANDRIA, VA – Most days Alexandria Country Day School Second Grade teacher Sarah Shannon sees her students on Zoom during live lessons, small group work, and one-on-one conferences as part of the School’s remote learning program.

However, Ms. Shannon still missed seeing them in person and knew that after six weeks of remote learning the kids were in need of a little boost, so she made plans to pay a visit to each of her students last Friday.

A runner and one of ACDS’s Cross Country coaches, she mapped out her students’ addresses and decided to run 20 miles to say hello to each kid from a safe distance in front of their home.

“Ms. Shannon is such an amazing teacher and went above and beyond to make these kids feel a little less alone during this really hard time,” said Lilly Harris, a parent of a student in the class. “My daughter really misses school and interacting with her friends and teachers, so when Ms. Shannon surprised her Ellie was overwhelmed with excitement. She couldn’t believe that it was actually Ms. Shannon in person.”

Second grade teacher Sarah Shannon went the extra mile to see all of her Alexandria Country Day students during the COVID-19 quarantine. (Photo: Sarah Shannon)

When asked how she was feeling after her long run, Ms. Shannon replied, “I can’t feel my legs, but seeing my students was so worth it.”

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Mary Wadland

Mary Wadland is the Publisher and Editor in Chief of The Zebra Press, founded by her in 2010. Originally from Delray Beach, Florida, Mary is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Hollins College in Roanoke, VA and has lived and worked in the Alexandria publishing community since 1987.

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