Erin Blasko | May 4, 2020
Samantha Musleh was out and about in March, before the full onset of the coronavirus, when she bumped into a family from the University of Notre Dame’s Robinson Community Learning Center (RCLC).
“They said their son was missing me so much, and my heart just broke,” said Musleh, who teaches preschool to learners of English as a new language at the RCLC as an AmeriCorps member.
Like other schools and centers in the area, the RCLC closed recently because of the coronavirus, hastening an abrupt end to the school year.
“So when I heard students were sad and missed us, I thought, ‘There’s got to be a way to get inside those homes without getting inside those homes,” Musleh said, meaning the students’ homes, where they were now suddenly isolated from friends and teachers.
The key: social media.
Using Facebook Live, Musleh recorded herself reading a bedtime story for the students from the RCLC’s expansive collection of children’s books, including titles from Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, a program that sends free books to South Bend area youth with support from the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County.
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