Considering most of us never heard the phrase “social distancing” before mid-March, it’s incredible that the principle so quickly altered life. While people in our community kept physical distance from each other in efforts to flatten the curve of COVID-19, they continued connecting in creative, inspiring ways — proving that “coming together” isn’t just about getting together in person.
Sunshine Kids for Seniors Project:
Dozens of kids answered the city’s call to create artwork or write letters for seniors in our community. Rather than mail the originals, the kids (and their parents) were encouraged to scan and email photos of the creations, which city officials then printed out in full color and delivered to appreciative seniors.
Beatrice ‘Cruise Night’:
Just like Friday nights of years past, residents of Beatrice came out to “cruise” around town in their cars while waving to friends and calling out hellos.
Living Room Learning:
More than 200 students from around Nebraska and other states participated in biweekly livestream video sessions led by 4-H educators. Each meeting offered fun, educational activities using supplies most families were likely to have on hand.
With parks and trails still “open for business,” Lincoln Parks & Recreation created a fun bingo game that families could use while spending time in the great outdoors. You could check off the box for “wave to a new friend” to feel connected while maintaining 6 ft. of space.
Great Lincoln Easter Egg Hunt:
Thousands of people from around our community participated in the inaugural “Great Lincoln Easter Egg Hunt,” which challenged them to decorate paper eggs to display on the windows or doors of their home and then drive or walk around to spot more eggs.
Masks and caps for healthcare professionals:
Members of the Lincoln Quilters Guild — along with many other people from our community — answered the call to provide more masks and scrub caps for healthcare professionals.