It’s not your average bedtime story.
A local principal has a new take on a traditional nighttime ritual.
Heidi Gilliland started Tucked inTuesdays at Buffalo Elementary School this month.
Gilliland reads a bedtime to hundreds of her students over Facebook live every tuesday night.
The idea came from a principal in Texas and now, the new routine is catching on in the Quad Cities.
“There were kids popping up on the Facebook live saying hi and parents commenting about what a great idea it was, or staff commenting back to parents, or to me via Facebook Live, lots of waves and hearts,” Gilliland says.
Seven-year-old Carter Coppess was one of them.
“He put ‘Hi Carter,’ or something like that, and that’s how she said ‘Hi Carter’ back and he thought that was really cool and he wanted to watch it again the next week so he’s been watching it every week,” says Carter’s mom, Brittany Fleetwood.
The first grader even tunes in after Tuesday for a replay.
“He thinks it’s cool that the principal reads to him when she’s at home he’s like, ‘See, she’s my friend,’ and I’m like, ‘Yep,'” says Fleetwood.
And that’s the lesson behind Buffalo’s new bedtime ritual.
“A new avenue that we have to connect home to school because I think that as a counselor, that is one of the most important things that we always try to improve,” says Buffalo Elementary’s counselor, Tara Appel.
Creating a connection between the classroom and bedroom and between parents and their kids.
“It increases the relationship between parents and children, it just gives you your own space and your own time. It’s also a great way to find out what your kids are interested in,” says Gilliland.
It’s how Tucked in Tuesday is becoming more than a bed time story for Buffalo students.
“I think it makes them feel more a part of the school, more of a family, a community,” says Fleetwood.
You can tune into Tucked in Tuesdays by clicking here.