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Dothan City School Pre-K teachers and students say goodbye

Teacher sitting outside DCEEC for DCS' last packet pickup
Teacher sitting outside DCEEC for DCS' last packet pickup(WTVY News 4)
Published: May. 26, 2020 at 6:01 PM CDT
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Tuesday was the last packet pick-up for Dothan City Schools, for the school year.

Teachers and students said their goodbyes for the summer, but these students will be moving on from the early education center into kindergarten classes around the city of Dothan.

It was a bittersweet day for teachers and students seeing each other for the first time in more than two months.

"It's just amazing because the children have been forced to separate themselves from us emotionally, but yet when they see us again they're just flooded with emotion as are we and it's just really neat to get to see them again and wish them well for the summer," said Renee Heffner, Auxiliary Teacher at Dothan City Early Education Center.

Although, they've missed out on these last couple months of learning, it will certainly be a class they will never forget.

"They've just been a special group as our early learners always are, but these will always be close and warm to our hearts because of what they and we have endured together," Heffner said.

COVID-19 has not been all bad with teachers and students using Seesaw and Zoom meetings.

"It's just been fun to try a new way of teaching and learning for them," Heffner added.

As for the children, seeing their teachers one last time was a great way to end the school year.

"I miss my teachers," said Ezra Juckenberg.

When asked what he missed most: "Learning and watching videos."

When asked if he was excited to see his teachers today, Hunter Kelley said “Yeah," and added he was most excited to see "Miss Taylor."

When asked if she was excited to see her teachers, Savannah Phipps said "Mmhmmm,"

The Child Advocacy Center and State Office of Student Research have provided the packets and other items to continue educating students over the summer.