Students occupy new free time in creative ways

   On March 12, the Littleton Public Schools district announced a plan for a two-week break to help flatten the curve of pandemic cases for COVID-19. A little over a week later, they announced a plan for distance learning in April because schools would be closed until April 17. Soon after Governor Jared Polis issued an executive stay-at-home order, lasting from March 26 to April 11 unless assessed to need more time.

   With these times of isolation, an overwhelming amount of Heritage students find themselves bored and anxious. Kacie C. ’22 is working against the circumstances to keep her life as normal as possible.

   “I’m trying to stay busy in all of the extra time and stay in contact with friends so it feels a little more normal and less isolated,” says Kacie. “One thing me and my sister did to stay busy was drawing a big ufo with an alien in it with chalk in our driveway.”

   She has always enjoyed spending time with her sister, Kellie C. ’20, and finds it is even more important now to have fun together. They drew with chalk and began thinking outside the box of new ways to entertain themselves.

   “[We] did our hair and makeup super dramatic, put on fancy dresses, and then did a big photoshoot outside, which earned us some funny looks from neighbors walking by,” says Kellie. She found it nice to have a silver lining through isolation.

Kacie C. and her sister Kellie find ways to make the time at home creative and entertaining.

   There are other ways students are staying busy, including new hobbies and activities. One student who has found an activity to join is Gwyn S. ’21.

   “I’m trying to focus on the future,” says Gwyn. She saw that the recent pandemic might hit others’ lives harder than hers and decided to help out with an organization called Meals on Wheels whose goal is to get meals to people who otherwise would go hungry.

Gwyn S. double checks a delivery bag to make sure it has the correct number of necessary meals for the recipients of Meals on Wheels.

   “Delivering meals has made me aware that this virus has greatly affected people of all social standings. Giving food to people in need has helped me understand that a simple gesture can greatly affect someone’s life especially through these hard times,” says Gwyn.

   Though students and their families cannot meet up with friends or go places for entertainment, they can get creative and start new things to stay occupied.

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