A local administrator has provided a virtual story time for children who cannot attend school during an extended closure, which was implemented Friday, March 13, by Gov. Tom Wolf as part of an attempt to mitigate the coronavirus.
Teresa Pearce, principal at the Corry Area Primary School, has started a YouTube channel called "Prime Time Story Time," which can be accessed online by residents so that children can enjoy a story being read to them.
Pearce selects a different children's book for each video and then records herself reading it to viewers. She currently plans to post a new video to the channel every day, and believes these stories can be enjoyed by both students and their families.
"In this time of uncertainty, children need a little bit of normalcy and reassurance," Pearce said. "Everybody is doing their part to pitch in and find the positives within their day. I love to read to children and the choice to record some stories will hopefully bring some enjoyment to our students and their families."
Stories featured so far include: "If You Give a Moose a Muffin" by Laura Numeroff, "The Story of the Leprechaun" by Katherine Tegen and "Pig the (Pug) Fibber" by Aaron Blabey.
"I have mostly lighthearted stories to bring the smiles," Pearce said. "I am looking for some traditional favorites as well, and have received input from teachers for their personal favorites."
Pearce noted the feedback from this project has been encouraging.
"I have received only positive feedback from parents," Pearce said.
A link to Pearce's story time YouTube channel can be found on the Corry Area Primary School's webpage at www.corrysd.net.