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Teacher takes story time online in midst of coronavirus pandemic

YouTube page lets her virtually read to students
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Posted at 8:46 AM, Mar 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-20 13:11:27-04

SANTEE, Calif. (KGTV) - A first-grade teacher at Sycamore Canyon Elementary has found a creative way to stay in touch with her students while everyone is staying home during the coronavirus Pandemic.

Sarah Lathers is filming herself reading stories to her daughter, and then posting it online.

"I just think about my kiddos a lot, and I do miss them a lot more than I anticipated I would already," she says. "I care so much about their education and them as people. And I just want to know that they're somewhere feeling comfortable and safe during all the chaos."

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Lathers reads to her two-year-old daughter, Harper, every day. The idea of putting story time online seemed like an easy way to let her school kids know she was thinking about them.

The videos already have hundreds of views. Parents and friends are clamoring for more.

"Parents are putting comments below saying that the kiddos were so excited to see me," Lathers says. "The kids are showing it to brothers and sisters. They get tears in their eyes, at times remembering stories in class. It's been really exciting to read and get that response."

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And Harper, who chimes in during the stories, has become a break-out star.

"They just adore Harper, and I always show them fun pictures of her and tell them all the silly things she does. So it's nice I think for them to feel that connection to my personal life," says Lathers.

To see the videos, go to Lathers' YouTube Channel, which she jokingly calls, "Stories With Squishy."