As virtual learning continues in Prince William County schools, “Flat Stanley” versions of teachers are showing up at home with students during the pandemic.

Shannon Zachariasen, a teacher at Springwoods Elementary School, read “Flat Stanley” to her class and then designed a “Flat Mrs. Zachariasen” to send to each student, according to a news release. She asked the students to take pictures in different spots doing various learning activities and include her flattened likeness.

To date, Mrs. Zachariasen has attended a virtual dance class, gone to a tea party, smelled the state flower, helped with yard work and hung out with some garden gnomes.

“I’m hoping it’s something to make the kids and their families smile and keep us all connected,” Zachariasen said.

Across the division, in “mini form,” teachers are joining their students for learning adventures. At Montclair Elementary School, first graders had their flat “bitmoji” version of teacher Tina Katz participate in muffin making and the release of butterflies.

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