January 29, 2014

Snowed In At School

Today, I feel compelled to share how proud I am to be a teacher. The whole country, by now, has heard the news coverage of the "snowpocalypse" in the South. While we in the North are well-equipped for such events (and still whine about the snow and cold every winter), our friends and family down South are just not prepared for such events.

Last I heard, more than 900 accidents were reported in Atlanta alone. A women delivered her baby while stuck in this impossible traffic. There were reports of commuters abandoning their cars, which had exhausted all of their gas, after 12-17 hours. My friend's husband, in Savannah, drove a total of 500 feet in two hours before turning around and sleeping on the floor of a hotel for the night.

And teachers and administrators across these states proved their value when they volunteered to stay at school overnight with students who were stuck without rides. They played games, dried tears, and provided the comfort that comes with a sense of family to the many kids who had to spend the night without their parents, some for the very first time. They took what could have been a scary and overwhelming experience and made it a giant slumber party at school, sacrificing their own comforts, families, and sleep to be there for their students.

I am immensely proud of our teaching community for showing the nation, yet again, that we are more than just educators. It seriously brings tears to my eyes.

Slow claps to all the amazing teachers who go the extra mile every day to make a difference!


  1. That is awesome! How scary that must have been for kids not used to the snow:(.

  2. It has been totally crazy down here this week - we were pushing 60 degrees on Monday, and then we've been iced in the rest of the week! In the interest of safety, my district (like many others nearby) has cancelled school again tomorrow. Kudos to those teachers who kept their students safe overnight!

    Sarah Beth
    Miss White's Classroom

  3. I applaud the teachers who provided comfort and safety to the students in their care. However, I ask the administration, "What were you thinking?" This storm was forecast and I know of many school districts that cancelled school before the storm hit so as not to be caught in this type of situation. What in the world were these administrators thinking? Is it more important to have so many school days accounted for rather than the safety of the students? What is the big deal about making them up in June? We up here in the north know all about "snow days!" In fact, we will have several to make up this year because of the frigid temperatures. I am just thankful that most of the administrations around here are wise enough to cancel school rather than put our students in danger. Maybe the administrations of those schools in the south should take a lesson from some northerners!

  4. I think Miss Lifesaver was clear that the situation in Atlanta was crazy. It was out of their control. People in the South are not use to this. Nobody imagined that it would turn out this way. Once they realized what had happened it was too late.They did the best they could, you can always look back and think at how different you would have done things. Don't take a positive moment and turn it into a negative!