The biggest challenge of the makeshift ceremony, Key said, was helping the kids to understand they couldn’t run to her for a big hug when they saw her outside waiting with a balloon and goodie bag on the porch.
“I think they know what’s going on, but I don’t think they fully grasp and understand how big of a deal it really is,” said Scott Boger, father of pre-schooler Brantley Boger. “I think they know people are getting sick and they know they can’t go places, but I don’t think they understand the full scale of it.”
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Brantley is Boger’s second child to have Key as their pre-school teacher.
“I have five kids total and hopefully they all go through her,” Boger said. “She’s a really good teacher. She’s amazing.”
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The biggest challenge for Key the last couple months of the school year is not seeing her students.
“It’s really been hard,” Key said. “You get so attached to them and they honestly turn into your kids. So not seeing them everyday and having that routine of walking into the classroom and knowing what the day’s going to be like, it’s such a crazy thing.”
After watching the kids rummage through their bag of goodies filled with themed erasers and pencils, stickers and a blow-up beach ball, it’s safe to say the ceremony accomplished what Key hoped it would.
“They (parents) were just all smiling and so grateful,” Key said. “A couple of them said this is even better than the graduation, because ‘Now this is a memory that we’ll have forever.’”
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