West Virginia’s Teachers Are Still on Strike. Here’s What That Means for Thousands of Students - Manna Meal - so the hungry can eat

Petra Vasale isn’t a science teacher, but she had five children making slime in her house on Monday — a makeshift science experiment aimed at getting them to think and keeping them entertained during a statewide strike by teachers who are calling for a pay raise.

Since the West Virginia teacher strike began on Feb. 22, shutting down public schools across the state, Vasale has put out an open invitation on Facebook every day, offering free babysitting for any parents who have to go to work and can’t afford day care. She has had as many as eight kids on a given day, including her 8-year-old daughter. It’s her way of supporting the walkout, which stretched into its ninth day on Tuesday and has kept more than 270,000 students out of school.



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