Meet some local people who stepped up with acts of generosity and compassion during the COVID-19 pandemic

Acts of kindness

The worst of times has brought out the best in many local residents

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From a Distance

The day after kindergarten teacher Megan Llewellyn said goodbye to her 23 students when Maryland schools were ordered closed for two weeks by Gov. Larry Hogan, she started thinking, “How can I stay in touch with them, let them know that I’m thinking about them?” At Woodlin Elementary School in Silver Spring, she’d have a 15-minute meeting with her class every morning, where they’d share what they did the night before or things to look forward to that week. So she decided to start a website and host a version of that meeting online. She sent parents the link and posted a note to her students every couple of days.

“I spent some time painting today (you know Ms. Llewellyn loves her art!) and hope that you all are still making good use out of your crayons and markers and creating some of your own beautiful artwork at home! Keep drawing!” she posted one day, along with a photo of a painting she made of flowers. In another post, she wrote about going on a hike. “I had a little boy write me a sweet note back and he said, ‘It was a beautiful day, I also hiked with my family, I miss you.’ It was really sweet. It had an elaborate picture,” she says. Other times, students just wanted to send her a note or drawing to let her know what they were up to. “I lived in Texas and taught there for a few years, and I had a student send me a picture. He had done this map of the United States and he had circled Texas and said, ‘I know you love Texas, Ms. Llewellyn. I’m thinking of you too.’ ”

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