Hudson County teachers write book to teach young children about the pandemic

Two Hudson County teaches spent their summer looking for ways to help their elementary school students better understand the pandemic.

News 12 Staff

Sep 16, 2020, 2:52 AM

Updated 1,395 days ago

Share:

Two Hudson County teaches spent their summer looking for ways to help their elementary school students better understand the pandemic.
The Jersey City teachers wrote the children’s book “Pete and the Pandemic,” to make the situation more accessible to the younger children.
“We always try to incorporate the real world through literature and in May the pandemic obviously just happened, so we couldn’t find anything. And it was kind of a joke, ‘Why don’t we just write one,’” says teacher and co-author Christina Reichart.
Reichart and fellow teacher Lindsay McDanel teach kindergarten and first grade at Empowerment Academy Charter School. Their book is about a little boy stuck at home because of COVID-19. He misses his friends and school, and he is scared and worried about his mother who is a doctor. But in the end, Pete manages to find some good.
“Even though he can’t see his friends and he’s really stressed out about how he’s learning, he got some time with his family that he may not have had before,” Reichart says. “And they got to make some special memories.”
The book takes place in Jersey City and highlights its diversity. It also touches on some of the social issues going in 2020 that kids may be confused about and their parents or teachers may need some help talking about.
“Pete and the Pandemic” is available on Amazon. The authors say that they are looking to get it into local bookstores and eventually larger chains.


More from News 12
2:07
STORM WATCH: Heavy rain expected to continue into tonight; weekend sees return of scorching temps

STORM WATCH: Heavy rain expected to continue into tonight; weekend sees return of scorching temps

2:27
Menendez corruption trial: Jury expected to begin deliberations this afternoon

Menendez corruption trial: Jury expected to begin deliberations this afternoon

2:16
Flooding begins in parts of New Jersey as heavy rain, storms move through the state

Flooding begins in parts of New Jersey as heavy rain, storms move through the state

10 'underperforming' Stop & Shop stores in New Jersey set to close in 2024

10 'underperforming' Stop & Shop stores in New Jersey set to close in 2024

2:21
NJDEP: Main break that led to raw sewage leak into Navesink River fixed

NJDEP: Main break that led to raw sewage leak into Navesink River fixed

1:59
Coach USA cutting 20 NJ Transit bus routes in North Jersey

Coach USA cutting 20 NJ Transit bus routes in North Jersey

0:32
East Brunswick teen accused of plotting to destroy energy facilities to advance white supremacist views

East Brunswick teen accused of plotting to destroy energy facilities to advance white supremacist views

0:13
Sailor saved from capsized sailboat in Barnegat Bay

Sailor saved from capsized sailboat in Barnegat Bay

0:40
United Airlines flight from Miami to Newark diverted after passenger fights with flight attendant

United Airlines flight from Miami to Newark diverted after passenger fights with flight attendant

0:54
Fairfield police release new surveillance photos of missing 16-year-old

Fairfield police release new surveillance photos of missing 16-year-old

1:58
PSE&G: Roads reopen in Union City following emergency repairs on ruptured gas line

PSE&G: Roads reopen in Union City following emergency repairs on ruptured gas line

0:26
AT&T 2022 security breach hits nearly all cellular customers and landline accounts with contact

AT&T 2022 security breach hits nearly all cellular customers and landline accounts with contact

0:24
USDA: Health alert issued for ready-to-eat meat illegally imported from the Philippines

USDA: Health alert issued for ready-to-eat meat illegally imported from the Philippines

0:33
Caught on camera: Car burglar enters unlocked vehicles in Gloucester Township

Caught on camera: Car burglar enters unlocked vehicles in Gloucester Township

0:18
NJ Transit: North Jersey Coast Line rail service resumes; commuters frustrated over continued issues

NJ Transit: North Jersey Coast Line rail service resumes; commuters frustrated over continued issues

2:03
Paws & Pals: Moose now up for adoption with Brick City Rescue

Paws & Pals: Moose now up for adoption with Brick City Rescue

1:34
The Real Deal: How to beat inflation with a summer spending plan

The Real Deal: How to beat inflation with a summer spending plan

1:56
Police: 8-year-old fatally struck by car while riding bike in Morris County

Police: 8-year-old fatally struck by car while riding bike in Morris County

1:49
Storm Watch Team Meteorologist Skyler Harman looks back at Tropical Storm Fay and ahead to 2024 hurricane season

Storm Watch Team Meteorologist Skyler Harman looks back at Tropical Storm Fay and ahead to 2024 hurricane season

1:41
Avon man charged after crashing into, driving along Belmar boardwalk

Avon man charged after crashing into, driving along Belmar boardwalk