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Parents taking their kids to school.

The school drop-off line is a constant source of stress for a lot of parents because there are so many things that can go wrong. First, you’re relying on every kid to get out of their cars without having any trouble and that their parents can get them out efficiently.

There’s also the problem of the random grandparent or babysitter who isn’t used to the routine, gumming things up for everyone behind them. A school in Ohio recently posted funny signs with ’90s hip-hop references to remind parents how to get their kids in and out as quickly and safely as possible.



Lateasha Witherspoon, a mother in Texas with two sons, Jason, 8, and Jeremiah, 6, got more than 3.5 million views on TikTok for creating a video where she teaches other parents how to get through the drop-off line with maximum efficiency.

Witherspoon thinks the drop-off should be treated like it’s a military exercise, and a lot of parents and teachers agree.

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“First things first, put your kids on the passenger side of the car,” Witherspoon says. Next, she says parents should have their kids “holding the latch” once you are “three or four cars” from the designated drop-off area.

Witherspoon says that kids should already have their backpacks on before they get out of the car, adding that if they’re uncomfortable for a few minutes it won't hurt and it could actually help their posture. This is an important point because a lot of time is wasted when kids get out of the car and then have to reach back in with their tiny arms to put on their backpacks.

“They need to be ready to go,” she explains.

She also believes that parents should stop acting like chauffeurs. “Y'all have got to stop getting out of the car and opening the doors for them. Let them open their own damn door—it takes too much time,” Witherspoon says.

Her most controversial point is that parents don’t need to fully stop their car but should “yield” as their kids hop out of the moving vehicle. “It’s not a stop. It’s a yield… We’re gonna teach them how to tuck and roll,” she says.

After she made the post, Witherspoon was contacted by the school’s principal and she thought she was in trouble. “He was like, ‘I gotta thank you,’” she told Today. “He wants to post it on the school (Facebook) page!”

Witherspoon’s advice was also celebrated by fellow frustrated parents.

"I know this woman knows how to RUN a household!" Jessica Parker commented on the video. "People who mad about this video need to use the parking lot drop off!!! If you want to be extra and hold up the line, walk your kid in!" Vanessa Cisneros added.

Teachers also praised Witherspoon for the no-nonsense video.

"As a former teacher and administrator that had car duty, thank you for this," Courtney wrote.

"Miss ma’am- teacher here can I book you for a family night to present this very helpful information?" MissYMV73 asked.

Witherspoon’s advice may be a bit much for some parents, but for those who want to take their time getting their kids out of the car, that’s what the parking lot drop-off is for. The drop-off lane is for parents like Witherspoon who don’t have the time to screw around.

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You could say Marine biologist, divemaster and National Geographic Explorer Dr. Erika Woolsey is a bit of a coral reef whisperer, one who brings her passion for ocean science to folks on dry land in a fresh, innovative and fun new way using virtual reality.

Images courtesy of Meta’s Community Voices film series

Her non-profit, The Hydrous, combines science, design, and technology to provide one-of-a-kind experiential education about marine life. In 2018, Hydrous produced “Immerse 360”, a virtual underwater journey through the coral reefs of Palau, with Dr. Woolsey as a guide.

Viewers got to swim with sharks, manta rays and sea turtles while exploring gorgeous aquatic landscapes and learning about the crucial role our oceans play—all from 360° and 3D footage captured by VRTUL 2 underwater storytelling VR cameras.


Hydrous then expanded on the idea to develop two more exciting augmented adventures using Meta Quest 2 technology: “Expedition Palau,” a live event where audiences can share a “synchronized immersive reality experience”, which includes live narration from Woolsey, and “Explore,” a “CGI experience” to enjoy the magic of the ocean at home.


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“I’ve been extremely fortunate to explore and study coral reefs around the world,” Woolsey said, sharing that it was “heartbreaking” to see these important habitats decay so rapidly while the latest scientific reports did not clearly lead to widespread compassionate action.

“How do we care about something we never see or experience?” she reflected. As she discovered, virtual reality would be a powerful solution for eliciting empathy. “VR has the ability to generate presence and agency and make you feel like you’re there. It's that emotional connection that can bridge scientific discovery and public understanding”

The combination of virtual reality and the ocean’s natural breathtaking beauty is, as Woolsey puts it, a “match made in heaven” for getting people more engaged in ocean education. “When you’re floating you can look up and down and all around you…seeing a school of fish surrounding you and reefs in these cathedral-like structures. Rather than watching a video of a scientist, you get to become the scientist.”

Hydrous also has special kits to provide middle school students hands-on learning about ocean life. In addition to a journal, activity cards and a smartphone VR viewer, each kit includes lifelike 3D printed model pieces of a coral reef so that middle school students can try building their own.

These reef models even turn white when temperatures rise inside the aquarium, which mimics the real “bleaching” that corals endure when they die due to higher than normal ocean temperatures. Students really do become scientists as they figure out how to bring color back to their reef.

While it’s true that the health of our oceans affects us all, the growing threats our oceans face—pollution, overfishing, climate change—don’t always affect us on an empathetic level. Through the use of technology, Woolsey has created an innovative way to connect hearts and minds to one of the Earth’s most important resources, which can inspire real and lasting change.

“We can’t bring everybody to the ocean, but we’re finding scalable ways to bring the ocean to everyone.”

To learn more about Hydrous, click here.

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This article originally appeared on 07.10.21


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