5th graders surprised with teacher visit, care package

Teacher Katie Bundy and some of her students. (Photos by Katie Bundy)

CARMEL, Ind. (WTHR) - The move to e-learning during the pandemic has been tough on a lot of kids.

Most schools are wrapping up, and we spoke with one teacher who said she wanted to make the end of 5th grade memorable for her students.

"Mid-March was the last time we saw each other in person," Katie Bundy said.

She spent a day last week visiting all of her Forest Dale Elementary class, surprising most of them and dropping off a little care package.

"I got a little teary for a few of them just because they got a little teary eyed," she said. "Some of them were outside and some of them I got to go up and ring the doorbell and they answered it with this shock and, yeah, it was good. It was good for my heart."

"It was really exciting because I haven't seen her for almost three months so it was really exciting to see her," said student Rachel Powell. "Obviously I was a bit sad that I couldn't go back to school but then I thought it was going to be awesome but then I couldn't see people as much so that wasn't great," she said.

But Mrs. Bundy says there is a silver lining in this unforgettable time.

"In an odd way, I've almost gotten to know my students more because I've had more one-on-one conversations with them through the Zooms, but I think they are going to remember it forever and as sad as it was that we didn't get to end in person, it's going to have a lasting memory, I think, on all of us."