Photo by Janet Alonso

Recently, Janet Compiano Alonso–a friend since 4th grade–sent me the following note about an event that brought joy in her life. And since she has known me since we were nine years old, she calls me Karen–though I am not “A Karen.”

Hi Karen,
I know you have no personal connection my little country school across the street from my house,  but my heart is so full of joy I had to share. Your blogs are always full of a positive outlook and I thought you might enjoy this. 

The staff including teachers, admin, secretary, para-educators, bus drivers, and custodians who have been working tirelessly over the last few weeks to prepare for successful distance learning. I walked over this morning to give the some moral support and was completely amazed with all they’ve done….. comprehensive grade level  lesson plans, chrome books, hot spots, detailed instructions in two languages to help students and parent understand how to use all the technology, supplies… there’s even a science experiment in a jar! 

There’s so much angst about kids and school (a more than reasonable worry) but I felt like every effort had been made to assure the best possible learning experience despite the challenge. 

Actually…. more “hands on” and relevant curriculum than we ever experienced in the 50’s! 

Ps…. this is not ‘splaining…. just jumping for joy! 





About Alexis

Alexis Rankin Popik, author of Kiss Me Over the Garden Gate, is an award-winning short story writer whose work has appeared in The Berkshire Review and Potpourri Magazine. She has penned numerous articles about local history that have been published in Connecticut Explored and the University of Connecticut School of Law and The Hartford Seminary publications. A former union organizer, Popik traveled the country educating shipyard workers about health and safety and founded a labor-management health plan before turning to writing fiction full-time. She lives with her husband in New England.
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