As we come upon the one year anniversary of the pandemic, people reflecting on all that’s transpired over the last 12 months is nothing new. But there is nothing like the direct explanation from little kids to hit it home — and sometimes their little voices put it best. You’ll never know the true story of COVID-19 until you heard it told by kids.

A group of kindergarten and 1st graders from Great Hearts Academies in Arizona shared their perspective on what living through the pandemic has meant to them. The four minute video has the kids sharing their first memories of the pandemic, what wearing a mask is like, what Zoom is and how many times a day they wash their hands.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona reached 817,821 on Monday, March 1, an increase of 1,039 from the previous day, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services. With the COVID-19 vaccine being implemented, Arizona is finally starting to see the number of cases level off. Arizona recorded 238,176 new cases in January, an average of 7,683 new cases per day and 31 percent of the total number of COVID-19 cases in Arizona since the start of the pandemic. But February showed signs of hope.  The state recorded 58,075 cases in February, an average of 2,074 cases per day — a 73 percent drop from the average number of new cases per day in January.

Great Hearts Academies is a network of nonprofit tuition-free public charter schools in Arizona and Texas. Great Hearts is dedicated to improving education nationwide through classical preparatory K-12 academies. More information can be found at Thank you, your coverage is welcomed and appreciated.