Miss Ingeborg spent 3-4 four hours on each doll and took great care to make it look like each one of them.
With schools being closed on account of the Coronavirus pandemic, teachers haven't met their students for more than two months in many countries. One teacher from Haarlem, Netherlands missed her kids so much that she knitted dolls of each student in her class. Miss Ingeborg teaches at the Bavinck school in Haarlem. The Netherlands has been relatively successful in containing the spread of the Coronavirus. Holland is slowly relaxing the lockdown guidelines but schools are yet to be opened. It could be a while before Miss Ingeborg gets to meet her students, so she went about using the time to make dolls of them. “It was all up and running that the school closed. It all hit me like this. The children were no longer in school. And I miss them so much,” said Miss Ingeborg, reported NH Nieuws.
Miss Ingeborg was missing her students while sitting at home and that's when she saw a knitted doll on Pinterest. Miss Ingeborg didn't take any lessons to knit dolls and just went about 'learning on the job.' She decided to make a knitted doll, each ten centimeters tall, for each of her 23 students. She took roughly 3-4 hours to complete each doll and used her free time at home to make the 23 dolls. The girls at Bavinck school in Haarlem wear cardigans, so she fashioned the dolls wearing cardigans for the girls in her class and sweaters for the boys, much like their uniform in school. Miss Ingeborg didn't just make 23 dolls, separating them by the gender, but also knitted in the details of each student including glasses, freckles, and scars.
Once she completed the dolls, she took a picture of the dolls and showed it to her students and their parents, hoping they would recognize each person. Despite not having named each doll, every student was able to identify themselves and their friends and it just goes to show how much effort and care Miss Ingeborg put into the dolls. All the students had one complaint though, and it was the same complaint — Where was Miss Ingeborg? She wasn't going to disappoint her students, so she made a doll with her likeness and updated the picture for everyone too see. Having watched her students enjoy seeing the dolls so much, Miss Ingeborg has decided to make dolls of her class each year.
Some of the other teachers have inquired if she would be up to making dolls for their classes as well, but she said, "no there’s no time for that.” It won't be long before the students can see her and each of them can have their own doll. The Netherlands reacted early to the Coronavirus outbreak and implemented measures to contain the virus. Holland has reported less than 44,000 confirmed cases and 6,000 deaths, as opposed to the 90,000 deaths in America.
Teachers can move mountains and change the lives of young children like no other profession and for it's truly a blessing for the students at the Bavinck school in Haarlem to have a teacher like Miss Ingeborg. Earlier we reported about how a teacher in England had gone around delivering food to his students, considering many of his students were dependent on food banks. Zane Powles, an assistant headteacher at Western Primary School in Lincolnshire delivers more than 100 meals to students within a five-mile radius on a daily basis. "My first thought was how are we going to get our children meals," said Powles. "We have vulnerable families that need help so we had to come up with a plan."
Five miles, more than 100 school meals and a daily hike around parts of Grimsby- I’ve been out with Zane Powles, the army veteran turned assistant head teacher making sure his pupils are still getting fed every day. Full story coming up on @looknorthBBC pic.twitter.com/3V0NYNhHiM— Phillip Norton (@phillipnorton) April 6, 2020
Zane Powles made it part of his daily routine and carries more than 18kgs every single day. He also sees it as an opportunity to check on the children's welfare. He often leaves the food package on the doorstep and waits on the pavement or garden to see if his student has picked it up. Once he sees them pick it up, he continues his hike to the next house.
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