Teacher Using Social Media to Cope with Canceled School

BOONE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Because of the severe weather on top of the tap water problem shutting schools down, many students have only been back to class one and a half days since Christmas break.

One teacher in Boone County decided to use social media to help keep her kids learning.

Debbie Crawford has been teaching 29 years, but she’s barely seen her first-grade class at Van Elementary in 2014.

"I think for first grade especially this is really hard because January is the time when the light really kicks in," Crawford said.

Crawford decided to start giving her students assignments through their parents' Facebook pages.

"I gave them an assignment where they go out and measure the snow three times because we've started measurement and telling time," Crawford said.

Miranda McCarty is grateful her son has more to occupy his mind than just snowball fights.

"We love her,” McCarty said. “All the kids love her. It makes a big difference to know the teacher is that interested and she wants them to learn. She's not just there for the paycheck."

"I really miss them,” Crawford said.

As an added incentive, students who complete these bonus assignments can draw prizes when they finally do return.

Crawford says she’s been in contact with other students who might not have easy access to the Internet.

She says the STAR Reading and Math assessment test was supposed to be this week, but she’s hoping because of all that canceled school, that exam will be pushed back.

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