Easing children’s back-to-school anxiety in the face of changing pandemic guidelines is essential for their mental health and ability to progress academically. In response, University of Waterloo biomedical science student Sara Ibrahim is using her skills and knowledge to alleviate some of their stress. Ibrahim wrote an online, illustrated story book – Kolo’s Unique Return to School – to help children understand the rules of physical distancing and staying sanitized. She worked alongside Professor Heidi Engelhardt from the Department of Biology, and used resources from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the government of Canada.
Ibrahim hopes her book will ensure children have accurate and helpful information about how to navigate the pandemic in a healthy way – physically and mentally.
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