Now that schools are closed and that we are practicing social distancing due to the unprecedented coronavirus pandemic, educators have to get creative in order to deliver special messages to their students. Under normal circumstances, they would ask the student to meet them at their school office and they would share the news with them- good or bad.
But now? How do you tell your student they’re valedictorian? Do you just call them on the phone? Isn’t that a little impersonal? But, then again, you can’t just head over to their house- who does that? So, you have to figure out another way to do this.
For Michelle Floering, the secondary principal of Grand Traverse Academy (GTA), there was an alternative few would have thought of. Meet the student at their workplace.
Indeed, Ms. Floering knew the student worked at a fast-food restaurant called Culver’s, so she thought, why not surprise the student? And so she put her plan into practice.
Floering hopped in her car and arranged the camera at the passenger seat so she could film the whole thing and- most importantly- the girl’s reaction. So she arrived at the drive-thru of Culver’s and she placed her order. Soon, it was time for her to receive her order and she was wondering whether her student would be the one to deliver it- but it was a guy instead.
So the woman just got her food and then asked if she could see Kaitlyn Watson. The guy immediately called Watson and she soon appeared at the window.
“Hi Kaitlyn. So, I got you on camera because I want to announce something to you today,” Floering said, explaining why she had the camera with her. Then she went on to break the big news to the gilr: “You are GTA’s 2020 class valedictorian!”
The girl couldn’t believe what she had just been told. She was astounded by the news and she sounded as if she was about to cry.
“I am? Oh my gosh! Thank you so much,” she said in shock.
The principal apologized for not being able to get closer to her and give her a hug, but given the circumstances, they have to keep a safe distance from each other.
“You’re welcome. And I know we have to stay six feet away so I can’t give you a hug, but congratulations. Well deserved,” Floering said.
Floering then joked about Watson’s colleague who still had her credit card, and he immediately returned it to her, but it was clear that the whole thing had left both the girl and her colleague speechless, so it was only normal that he forgot about the card altogether. In any case, it was a funny moment.
The principal then probably left and the girl just went back to work until the end of her shift, but we bet this news made her day! What a lovely gesture on the part of the principal!
You can watch the video of the surprise below.
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