Greenville district sends motivational video to students


GREENVILLE, Mich. (WOOD) — A school district in West Michigan is working to keep its students inspired during the statewide shutdown.

Officials with Greenville Public Schools sent a video out to students and their families this week, hoping to uplift them during the coronavirus pandemic.

The video features principals, teachers and administrative staff sharing messages of encouragement.

Superintendent Linda Van Houten says it’s important to show their students that they still care, even if they’re not together physically.

“Our kids find school as a safe place for the most part. It’s a place that’s become comfortable because it’s a normalcy for them, and it’s familiar to them. So, when you take away those entities of people’s basic needs of feeling safe and some normalcy, that’s when anxiety rises,” Van Houten said. “So, it’s so important for us to give them a taste of normalcy, a taste of what’s normal to them, and something that they’re able to relate to.”

The district, like many others, is resorting to online classes during this time. Teachers are using resources like Google classrooms, Zoom meetings, and podcasts.

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