Meet Timely Tina

Timely Tina is no ordinary clock. This September, Tina has been helping to ensure students in Nash and Edgecombe counties are present, engaged and supported at virtual school every day.

Timely Tina reintroduced herself on social media earlier this month as Down East Partnership for Children’s friendly mascot for attendance and engagement.

Every Monday in September, Timely Tina shared tips and videos on Facebook about ways students can stay present, engaged and supported in remote learning. Some of her tips include:

  • Staying in touch with schools by updating family contact information and checking in with teachers
  • Creating daily and weekly routines and goals for students as they learn at home
  • Taking short brain breaks—like dancing, doing yoga poses or listening to music—between activities
  • Setting clear expectations for learning including a reward system to help with behavior and classwork
  • Creating a learning space that is quiet, comfortable, and distraction-free
  • Exploring online and community resources available to children and families
  • Encouraging children’s reading at home including recipes, signs, books and audiobooks

Timely Tina is one example of how local organizations, like Down East Partnership for Children (DEPC), are supporting young children’s attendance and engagement in remote learning during the pandemic. Tina is inspired by Attendance Works’ Present, Engaged and Supported Attendance Awareness Campaign 2020. This initiative is also a part of Twin Counties Read to Rise, led by DEPC, and the NC Campaign for Grade-Level Reading.