Oak Park and River Forest High School posted a 12-minute video created in house that thanks its students for their determination and grace in weathering the two years of the COVID pandemic. Jamie Sieck, a history teacher, came up with the idea, said Karin Sullivan, the school’s communications director. Sieck, a member of the school’s Culture of the Building Committee, “wanted to find a way to acknowledge students’ struggles and the perseverance it’s taken them to come out the other side,” she said. Sana Jaber, a math teacher and fellow culture committee member, joined the effort though neither Sieck nor Jaber had video experience.
In the end, the video features dozens of students, faculty and staff members.
“The beautiful thing is that although the video started out being about students, our teachers and staff ended up feeling appreciated, too,” said Sullivan.