Celebrating Summer with Dad from Afar
Summer play and camps are being cancelled. My grandson, Kenji, does not know when he will be able to see his father again because he works and lives in Thailand. This country has struggled with similar challenges in managing the coronavirus like the United States. Parents have been working from home since April. Many of the businesses have been closed and community members must wear face masks when they go out in public. Travel to the United States and abroad is radically restricted.
Adjusted Summer Activities
When considering these challenges, Kenji will participate in the following adjusted summer activities:
- Ongoing Zoom Karate classes
- No swimming lessons
- More distance learning activities, Lego play, and outdoor walks
- Cultural virtual activities that include performing arts
As the summer activities expand for all our children, my grandson looks forward to sharing his summer adventures with his dad online. He will also have more opportunities to visit with friends online and while social distancing. Many happy explorations with your and your families this summer.
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Joyce Iwasaki has over thirty years of educational experience working with diverse students in grades from preschool through high school. Joyce’s extensive background includes teaching elementary school, serving on early childhood advisory boards, and advocating for educational initiatives as a legislative aide. During her tenure as a legislative aide, she helped create legislation that allowed incarcerated mothers to keep their newborn babies with them while in prison. Additional legislation was enacted to allow incarcerated pregnant mothers to remain unshackled during labor and delivery. Ms. Iwasaki established and served as the president of an educational scholarship foundation for fifteen years. Her foundation awarded college scholarships to emerging student leaders who provided service to their schools and communities. Joyce is active in performing arts and cultural organizations. She also provides ongoing support to her daughter and family by raising her grandson in her home.