Vergennes teens lighten the mood with social distancing ‘Spirit Week’
VERGENNES — Two sisters and a friend, who have been quarantining together at home in Vergennes, have begun an effort to create a sense of unity among their peers, and all Vermonters, who are feeling separated by the social distancing measures in place.
Jasmine Little and Kaitlyn Little (students at Vergennes Union High School) and friend Sydney Adreon (a Rice Memorial High School student) have created the idea of a statewide/national “quarantine/distance learning” spirit week, with each day of the coming week devoted to a different topic.
“We have noticed how much the state needs some light in this darkness,” Jasmine told the Independent in an email. “Each day (of the spirit week) is different. We hope to see people in Zoom classes and posts on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter of the statewide spirit, using the #vtwegotthis hash tag.
“We want to see young and old participate, not just students and parents. It’s time we use social media as the positive force/morale booster it should be!”
The three young women have set out themes for each of the five days upcoming, Monday, March 30, through Friday, April 3. They are:
Monday: School Spirit. Wear the colors of your high school, middle school, elementary school, and even college.
Tuesday: Favorite Holiday. You can dress for the holidays you miss or the ones you love the most.
Wednesday: Sports/Hobby Day. Dress like your favorite player or as a fisherman; make this one your own and different.
Thursday: Throwback Thursday. Get out there and wear your favorite duds from the ’50s, ’60s, ’70s, ’80s, ’90s and even early 2000s.
Friday: Formal Friday. Do your makeup and do your hair, get dressed up and nice, feel good about yourself wearing something you love.
“Vermonters are known for our sense of community and a friendly, helpful atmosphere,” Jasmine wrote, on behalf of herself and her collaborators. “Our intent is to keep positivity going even through tough times, and even spread this nationally.”
The three amigos have also set up a Facebook page, #vtwegotthis, where people are sharing inspiring messages about how they are making the best of a not-great situation. One post shows Jim Lanpher in his Vergennes driveway playing the Beatles tune “When I’m 64” on a trumpet while his grandson beats on a pan. In a similar vein, another video features someone driving down South Maple Street in Vergennes taking video while residents stand on porches beating pots.
The page also features photos of people playing games inside on a rainy Sunday.
Check out more on the #vtwegotthis Facebook page.
And then get ready for Spirit Week.
“Please share far and wide, across the state and even the country,” Jasmine said.
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