Wheeling Student Gets to Graduate via Skype with his Classmates


The son of an adjunct professor at a local university attending Woodsdale Elementary School had to follow his dad so he could finish his doctorate degree. However, that meant he would miss attending his graduation ceremony with his classmates.

With help from the Woodsdale administration, Levi Ma’afala’s family was able to arrange a “Face Time” view of the ceremony.

In that way, the classmates Levi missed got to see him and he got to see them during their graduation.

“Right as we were lining up for the procession, I allowed him to see all of his classmates in all three grades,” Woodsdale Teacher Valerie Randolph said. “They all waved quietly to him while we were in the hallway. Then I flipped it around, so he would be forward-facing on the camera, and I walked him through the procession.”

Randolph described the Ma’afala family as “one of the most amazing families I have ever worked with.”  She said Levi was helpful and fun, and the class just misses him so much.

The Ma’afala family will return to Wheeling at the end of the summer.

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