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Above: A student at Joseph Casillas Elementary School in Chula Vista works on his art assignment. May 10, 2021

For Barbara LeRoy, one silver lining to teaching at home through the pandemic was having the chance to play her ukulele to keep students engaged during distance learning.

Last month when she went back to part-time in-person teaching at Joseph Casillas Elementary in the Chula Vista Elementary School District, the ukelele came with her. Now it’s helping her students re-adapt to the classroom.

“If a child has had a tough morning, the music can just help get them out of their head and out of that situation,” LeRoy said.

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