Google's 'Thank You Coronavirus Helpers' Doodle Honors Teachers and Childcare Workers

Today's Google "Thank You Coronavirus Helpers" Doodle celebrates teachers and childcare workers.

The Doodle sees the letter G of the word Google sending a heart to the letter E, which is dressed as a teacher giving a presentation virtually via a laptop on top of stacked books, with a whiteboard in the background.

Alongside the Doodle, Google says: "As COVID-19 continues to impact communities around the world, people are coming together to help one another now more than ever. We're launching a Doodle series to recognize and honor many of those on the front lines.

"Today, we'd like to say: To all teachers and childcare workers, thank you."

The Google Doodle "Thank You Coronavirus Helpers" series has honored grocery store workers, farmworkers and farmers, custodial and sanitation workers, emergency service workers, doctors, nurses, medical workers, public health workers, scientific researchers, packaging, shipping, and delivery workers, food service workers, and now teachers and childcare workers.

While schools are closed across the country during state lockdowns due to the coronavirus pandemic, teachers, school workers and childcare workers are continuing to care for students.

Google Doodle Thanks Coronavirus Workers
Google Doodle thanks teachers and childcare workers in the latest of the series honoring coronavirus helpers. Google

In Colorado, a kindergarten teacher who plans to retire at the end of this year realized that she wouldn't see her students again due to school closures, so she decided to pay each of them a visit.

Jean Witt created care packages filled with sanitized educational games and books and delivered them to her 27 students. Witt told KDVR: "It's really hard not to be able to see my students and for them not to see me or their friends. I thought, 'I want to go see my kids one more time.' So we made this plan to go visit and drop off bags."

Newsweek's "Heroes of the Pandemic" series is reporting on teachers and childcare workers going above and beyond while their schools are closed.

Jenifer Levinson, a first-grade teacher Meadow Elementary school in Baldwin, New York, created a virtual scavenger hunt for her students. Levinson challenged them to create the word "Meadow" out of items found around their home.

Levinson told Newsweek: "It was at the start of the quarantine, so it was like that first week that we were all home, and the kids and the parents were expressing that they just missed each other and missed doing things. So I was looking for a way to connect them and thought photos would be a good idea."

Schools across the U.S. will remain closed for the rest of the academic year, while some have been ordered to close indefinitely.