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Muncie elementary school teacher creates barrier to give quarantine hugs to her students

A Muncie elementary school teacher found a creative way to give quarantine hugs to her students.

MUNCIE, Ind. (WTHR) — A Muncie elementary school teacher found a creative way to give quarantine hugs to her students.

Kelsey Pavelka, a second grade teacher at West View Elementary School, said she really misses her students. So, Kelsey and her wife, Shelby, constructed a bubble-like setup made of a clear shower curtain and 12 zip-lock sandwiches bags to create a plastic wall with built-in arm holes.

“I was missing my students so much, and my wife and I came up with a way for me to give them hugs during this difficult time,” Kelsey said. “I got to see so many students and give them a big hug.”

Over the last few days, Kelsey has given out more than 50 hugs to her students.

“So many happy tears,” Kelsey said. “I am used to seeing [my students] every day, getting my morning hugs every day from them. It has just brought so much joy to me, parents have told me it’s brought joy to their kids, to their families, so it was amazing.”

But these quarantine hugs are for a limited time only for a very good reason.

“I actually have to get foot surgery and be on bed rest for a few weeks,” Kelsey said. “So, we had to make this contraption within 24 hours and get the students here as quickly as possible because tomorrow, I'll be on bed rest.”