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Middle school teacher creatively keeps count of days since pandemic began

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When neighbors were fenced out due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they counted on the creative Mr. Kuhn to bring them together.

Video Transcript

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ANDREW KUHN: 365 days ago, I found out that I was going to be my kids' homeschool teacher. Every day, I'd make them write out what the day was. And they started counting. And we kept counting. So this was born from that. I mean, we all have things in our lives where we mark a year. But this is something that involves everyone as a collective that we can mark the passage of time and how different our lives look now than the way that they did even a year ago, when we were all surprised that this started. Crazy it's been a whole year.

I've been very committed to this. We change it every day. They're fallng apart because they're so old. I've had complete strangers who would drive by and pull over and get out to talk to me about it and say, look, we drive by every day so that we know how far along we are and make sure that you keep changing it. They wanted to make sure that they kept me accountable. Hello, everyone.

- This is your moment!

ANDREW KUHN: This is our moment! I'm glad you guys are here.

MELISSA KUHN: It's been so great being able to see people out, stopping and taking the time to say hello. Is your house the one with the cups on the fence? I said, that's us. There's just been a whole lot of kindness, which has been fabulous.

DAVID BEMER: When you move in, typically, everyone's running around. So you don't get to, you know, meet your neighbors. But you know, things slowed down, and we were able to kind of hang out. It was really a special moment.

ANDREW KUHN: We had an opportunity to be together as a family in a way that will probably never happen again.

- We're going that way. They're going that way.

ANDREW KUHN: OK. Well, let's go.

My children are not the same size that they were a year ago.

- Come on. Let's play tag.

ANDREW KUHN: They know how to do things differently than they did before.

MELISSA KUHN: Whoo!

ANDREW KUHN: So we're going to have a strong relationship, a strong foundation that most people don't get to have. I feel like we're moving towards a point where it's-- we ask, how much longer do we do this? We've always looked for the brighter days. But now we're getting even closer to them.

- Cheers.

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