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Special education superheroes share videos to connect with students during COVID-19

Bornhava Teacher reading a book
Posted at 7:38 PM, Jul 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-16 19:38:03-04

AMHERST, N.Y. (WKBW) — Teachers at Bornhava, a special education school in Amherst are embracing the Buffalo strong spirit.

"It's very hard when you love your students so much to not be able to go over and just visit them. But I want the families to know we are here," said Laura Wexler, Early Intervention Teacher at the school.

Bornhava
Bornhava

Bornhava has students from birth to 5 years old. They're used to a very hands-on learning experience and they're not letting COVID-19 stop that.

"We do everything from reading nighttime books to the kids to visiting a car dealership," said Wexler.

They post videos online and send them to parents daily to make them smile and keep them learning. Greeting students with "Hi Friends!" each time. And each week has a theme and this week is transportation week.

Bornhava Transportation week video
Bornhava Transportation week video

"Our children love routine, so if we can provide some sort of routine even if it is through a screen," said Wexler.

Parents say they're grateful for them.

"What amazing people they are, they're not in it for the money, they're in it because they love and care for these kids," Shauna Pucillo, whose daughter is a student.

Bornhava teachers keeping connected
Bornhava teachers keeping connected

They hope these videos bring joy to anyone who needs it during these difficult times.

"We're here for you and we will do what we need to do to make sure that you are engaged and your child," said Donna Ringholz, Executive Director.

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