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Fishers mom creates virtual learning atmosphere for kids

Jannette Kennedy purchased two desks from Big Lots to create a school-like environment for her kids during e-learning.

FISHERS, Ind. — Like many moms, Jannette Kennedy is hoping her two children have a successful virtual learning experience this school year.

"No one was really prepared for this type of schooling environment except for people who were maybe homeschooling," Kennedy said, thinking back to when COVID-19 hit back in March and schools were first shut down. "We kind of watched what would happen. Our kids would put their books on the coffee table. My teenager would go down to the basement and hunker down on the couch," Kennedy said.

Kennedy said everyone has been learning day by day of how to adjust.

"When I saw the back to school stuff, kids going to college, desks organizers and things, it just kind of clicked they need their own space," Kennedy said. 

She wanted something budget-friendly, so she found two desks with a stand that have two charging ports from Big Lots. 

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Her daughter, Madison, is a freshman Fishers High School, and her son, Lucas, is a sixth grader at Riverside Intermediate.

She said so far, the district will continue e-learning through Labor Day, but things could change if the number of COVID-19 cases drops.

"As a parent, that's our most important job is taking care of these kids," Kennedy said. "This is new for everybody. Some days are going to be hard, and I just think it's important that we understand that." 

Kennedy said she hopes her story can help someone else.

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