After schools in Missouri closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, Sunnydale Adventist Elementary found a creative way to remind their students that they are individually loved and cared for.

With help from Jacob Roney, a graphic designer and son of SAE teacher Pam Roney, they made yard signs and placed them at each of their students’ homes. The signs, scattered around the community, serve as a visual reminder to students, their families, and neighbors that connections can be maintained despite physical distance.

The staff at SAE pray for their students daily and hope the signs brought some comfort during a confusing and challenging time.

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Kirsten Mathis is principal at Sunnydale Adventist Elementary in Centralia, Missouri.