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Oct. 2, 2020
By Mary HightowerU of A System Division of Agriculture
(268 words)(Newsrooms – with downloadable art at https://www.uaex.uada.edu/life-skills-wellness/health/covid19/parent-teacher-resources.aspx)(Download this story in MS Word format here.)
HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – The 2020 school year has been like no other. Alison Crane, Garland
County extension agent, and her daughter, Anna, spent part of this summer with a plan
to help teachers and students as they returned to class during a pandemic.
The result of their effort is the book, "Zoe and the Very Different New School Year."
In this book, the lead character, Zoe, returns to school and learns what it means
to go to class during a pandemic and how to adjust to new situations, including not
being able to share cookies at lunchtime.
“The need to help children cope in a positive manner with social distancing and sanitation
steps like wearing masks is very important,” Alison Crane said. “This is going to
be especially hard for young children because social distancing goes against their
The Cranes also created the Super Clean Team: Super Soaper, Mask-e-teer, Dynamic Distance
Dude and Super Clean Kid, a quartet of youngsters whose superpowers enable them to
help their peers understand the importance of mask-wearing, sanitizing, hand washing
and social distancing.
“We had brainstormed a kind of fact sheet with comic strips to keep kids’ interest
in it with the adventures of the Super Clean Team and their fight against the invisible
Mr. Covid and his evil sidekicks flu, strep, etc.,” Crane said.
Now the Cranes’ efforts are available to schools and teachers online: https://www.uaex.uada.edu/life-skills-wellness/health/covid19/parent-teacher-resources.aspx.
The page contains digital assets that teachers and parents can use in their classrooms
and other learning spaces to remind students of the new skills they need for their
new school year.
To learn more about extension and research programs in Arkansas, visit https://uada.edu/
Follow us on Twitter at @AgInArk, @uaex_edu or @ArkAgResearch.
About the Division of Agriculture
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s mission is to strengthen
agriculture, communities, and families by connecting trusted research to the adoption
of best practices. Through the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative
Extension Service, the Division of Agriculture conducts research and extension work
within the nation’s historic land grant education system.
The Division of Agriculture is one of 20 entities within the University of Arkansas
System. It has offices in all 75 counties in Arkansas and faculty on five system campuses.
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension
and Research programs and services without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity,
sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran
status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative
Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
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Media Contact: Mary HightowerChief Communications OfficerUniversity of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture email@example.com 501-671-2006