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Teachers in Avon Lake launch virtual hand holding videos to bring people together, spread hope during COVID-19 crisis

Idea to virtually hold hands during coronavirus outbreak was started by teachers at Learwood Middle School in Avon Lake & is intended to bring together community.

CLEVELAND — With a community in crisis and a country facing a pandemic unlike anything ever seen before, teachers at Learwood Middle School in Avon Lake are coming together to raise awareness and spread hope by launching a virtual hand holding exercise on YouTube. 

Schools across the state of Ohio have been closed due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak and teachers are certainly being effected during the academic shutdown. Teachers at Learwood Middle School are hoping to get a wide range of participants from parents, to current students to former students to upload videos vertically holding one hand out to the left and the other to the right mimicking hand-holding.

In the online world, teachers are hoping to create a circle of virtual hand-holding to bring together the community and offer hope during such uncertain times. 

Teachers have given a list of directions for those that want to participate in these videos.

Firstly, it is a silent video. 

They have also listed the following directions:

When you film yourself reaching your hand to the right and then the left--look in that same direction. Like there is someone there, you are looking at.

Additional guidelines for video:

#1 One person in the frame

#2 No talking

#3 They reach the RIGHT first like there is someone there and pretend to grab a hand. THEN they reach to the LEFT like there is someone there and grab their hand. Then they look at the camera.

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