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By Rebekah Lund
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Heard on the street: pandemic perspectives

 


What do members of our community have to say about the current pandemic? This reporter hit the street to find out.

Lisa W. (Food Service, Moose Lake School)

What is the worst thing about the COVID-19 crisis for you personally? Time is dragging on, there is a lot more work, no students, and I feel bad for seniors missing out on graduation.

What is one positive thing that has come out of the COVID-19 crisis for you personally? The kids are getting fed.

Bill Pocernich (English teacher and head boys’ basketball coach, Cromwell-Wright High School)

What is the worst thing about the COVID-19 crisis for you personally? Thankfully, I haven't been hit as hard from losing someone or losing a job or business, like some in our community. For me, the worst thing about this is just seeing the students I teach miss out on opportunities whether those opportunities be extra-curricular related (prom, sports, concerts), educationally related (there are inequities involved in distance learning), and socially related (students are missing out on the feelings of closure that the spring provides -- graduation ceremonies, senior awards banquets, the final month with friends, etc.).

What is one positive thing that has come out of the COVID-19 crisis for you personally? I think distance learning has helped me grow as a teacher and I think it has helped some students grow in some ways as students. They do not outweigh the negatives of this experience, but those positives do exist.

Vicki Radzak (Moose Lake Community Education Coordinator)

What is the worst thing about the COVID-19 crisis for you personally? Personally, I really miss running errands in town and bumping into twenty or thirty familiar faces and catching up with people's lives. One time it took over two hours for me to buy onions in Market Place!!

What is one positive thing that has come out of the COVID-19 crisis for you personally? A positive, well, with fewer balls in the air, I'm spending more time outside and the other afternoon I sat and watched the clouds roll by. I honestly don't remember such a great show since I was a kid.

Carmen J. (Food Service, Moose Lake School)

What is the worst thing about the COVID-19 crisis for you personally? I can’t see my family and grandchildren.

What is one positive thing that has come out of the COVID-19 crisis for you personally? Getting yard work done and meeting more staff members at school.

John Wesely (Loan Officer)

What is the worst thing about the COVID-19 crisis for you personally? Not being able to socialize and go about our daily lives as a community. This would include not being able to meet with clients at work and having those important conversations about financing in person.

What is one positive thing that has come out of the COVID-19 crisis for you personally? Realizing as a society, how important the jobs are that people do, jobs that we have always taken for granted. People like the nurses, grocery store employees, truck drivers and such. It has also been easier to save money. I just hope we remember these things when things start heading back to normal.

Barb L. (Cook, Moose Lake School)

What is the worst thing about the COVID-19 crisis for you personally? I miss seeing students and staff, I miss seeing loved ones I can’t visit with, not finding supplies I need at the store.

What is one positive thing that has come out of the COVID-19 crisis for you personally? Spending more time with my husband and cleaning out closets.

Jeff Gronner (High School Phy. Ed. and Health teacher, Head Football and Girls Basketball Coach at Cromwell-Wright High School)

What is the worst thing about the COVID-19 crisis for you personally? #1 Not being able to interact face-to face with students on a daily basis. #2 Not being able to finish the state girls basketball tournament.

What is one positive thing that has come out of the COVID-19 crisis for you personally? Have had more sit down family meals with my entire family of 6 in the last month than in the last 5 years combined. This has been great to get the extra family time.

Kai (Preschooler)

What is the worst thing about the COVID-19 crisis for you personally? We (family) can’t get together.

What is one positive thing that has come out of the COVID-19 crisis for you personally? The best thing is when it’s gone.

Well, Kai, I have to agree with you, but until “it’s gone”, let’s keep together as a community. Thanks to everyone who submitted their responses.

 

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