Everyday Heroes

Teacher Pounds Pavement To Lift Students' Spirits During Lockdown

She says she's no superhero, but her actions say something different.

With kids around the country stuck at home due to the coronavirus pandemic, a lot of parents have taken on the role of teacher to make sure their children are still learning every day. While my daughter is still a toddler, the overwhelming opinion (at least in my social circles) is that for parents who are home-schooling, the struggle is real.

Being an educator is no easy task. That's why it's important to honor our teachers every day -- especially those who (literally) have gone the extra mile for their students during the quarantine.

Paula Meyer is a Spanish instructor at Appleton North High School in Wisconsin. She's been missing her students since the lockdown started in the beginning of March. She's also an avid runner. When the local races she was scheduled to take part in were cancelled, Meyer decided to tackle two birds with one stone.

Check out Señora Meyer as she completes her third half marathon in the video below...

Meyer created her own routes for three half marathons, where she could pass by all of her students' homes along the way. She started running in March and has already clocked about 40 miles.

"I've done more miles than 39," Meyer told Fox 11-TV. "Just over 40."

Meyer brings a few pieces of colored chalk with her when she runs, so she can leave notes for her students from a safe distance. She likes to surprise the students, so they don't know exactly when she'll be passing by, but a few have greeted her from their driveways and have left bottles of water.

Some of Meyer's students have come out to greet her when she passes by. YouTube

While Meyer's runs have sparked admiration and joy in her community, she says it's nothing out of the ordinary.

"I am no Wonder Woman," Meyer said. "I'm just somebody that is determined to put one foot in front of the other until I finish."

Meyer has completed 3 half marathons & has run by almost all of her students' homes. YouTube

She hopes that her journey is something that the students will remember, and that it will encourage them to reach their goals, no matter what they are.

"I want them to believe that they can do whatever they set their minds to."

Some of the seniors along Meyer's route say that seeing her has helped to bring some normalcy to a year that has not gone as planned.

"It is definitely rough," senior Morgan Rose said about missing out on various events because of the lockdown. "Getting to see that she's still here, and I get to still be with her sort of, even though this is weird times, is really nice."

Meyer leaves messages for her students with chalk as she runs by their homes. YouTube

Meyer has already completed the three half marathons she set out to do, but she says she'll continue to run by the students' homes for as long as they would like her to.

What an amazing story of kindness and compassion. This is why teachers are everyday heroes!

How can you start something good?

It's #TeacherAppreciationWeek, so think about how you can celebrate a special teacher in your life. You don't have to run three half marathons, but you can make signs, send a gift or a message to let them know you care.

Let's #StartSomethingGood together!

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