Hand-picked stories to cultivate fierce optimism in the age of coronavirus

March 28, 2020

Dear Sequoyah Gryphons, 


This is Crystal, reporting live from her home office. I just wanted to share with y’all some articles of good news that the Social Innovation Stewardship Committee has put together. We hope y’all can take some time during spring break to recognize the great things people are doing during this pandemic. One of these links even gives the reader a look into an inflatable dinosaur parade that a neighborhood completed in order to keep their spirits up. 

Hope this break gives you the time to let home be home and not school. I can’t wait to see you y’all soon and hear if any of these articles inspired you. 

Thank you so much, 

Crystal Aviles and the SIP Stewardship Committee




From Crystal: Social trend #Solidarityat8 asks Americans to make some noise for health care workers

“Even as people are separated within their own communities, they’re still coming together to support those on the front lines of the coronavirus outbreak. Thanks to a viral Twitter campaign called #Solidarityat8, at 8 p.m. local time for the past few nights, Americans have opened their doors, stood on porches and made noise — some by applauding, others by banging pots and pans — to express their gratitude to health care workers.”



From Beckett: Why 'Space Jam' is worth watching right now 

"With so many comfort TV shows and movies to choose from while staying at home during the coronavirus pandemic, one popular option is a wacky live-action/animated flick from 1996."



From Dahlia: Shelter Animals Are Being Taken Home in Droves as Hundreds of People Volunteer to Foster Pets

"Picture this: you’re an American parent who—after a full day of listening to your children beg for a visit to a local drive-thru—is finally ready to give in to their wishes."



From Penn: Senate passes massive $2 trillion coronavirus spending bill

"Among other things, the legislation would boost unemployment insurance, send checks to many Americans and bar President Donald Trump from receiving any aid."


From Joaquin and Nico: Watch Spanish Man Share a Drink With Isolated Neighbors By Filling Their Glasses From Two Floors Above

“As Spanish residents remain in quarantine during the COVID-19 outbreaks, many neighbors have found creative ways of connecting with each other”



From Cleo: Homeless People From California to France Are Being Given Emergency Shelter During COVID-19 Response

“Gov. Gavin Newsom’s legislative team has reportedly secured roughly 4,000 hotel rooms statewide with the hopes that the initiative could help lead to permanent housing after the COVID-19 crisis has been contained.”


From Crystal: Watch Neighborhood Come Together for Hilarious Dino-Themed Social Distancing Parade

“A Wisconsin community is being praised for coming up with an amusingly prehistoric way of having some fun together during their self-isolation.In the Bay View neighborhood of Milwaukee, dozens of people took to the streets in inflatable T-rex costumes for a dinosaur parade earlier this week.”


From RJ: People are helping each other fight coronavirus, one Google spreadsheet at a time

"Thousands of volunteers in new “mutual aid” groups are bringing groceries, medications, and more to vulnerable strangers."



From RJ: In The Age of Coronavirus, Libraries Are Getting Books Into People’s Hands — Without Touching

"Countless public libraries, just like so many schools, government offices and businesses across the country, are closed to the public for the foreseeable future to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus."



From Beckett: A chef made a coronavirus-themed burger — and he's selling 50 a day

"A chef in Hanoi, Vietnam, has created an unusual looking meal inspired by the global pandemic."


 From Dahlia: Stalking Lions, Pandas, and Penguins During Your Social Distancing With These 10 Awesome Animal Livestreams

Here are just a few of the zoo and aquarium livestreams that you can enjoy from the comfort of your own sofa.

From Nico: Mystery mom leaves free lunches out every day 'for anyone who needs it' amid coronavirus

"In Severna Park, Maryland, a mystery resident has left bagged lunches outside a busy roundabout for "anyone who needs it" every day at 11 a.m."



From Cleo: You Can Now Tour 2,500 World-Famous Museums From the Comfort of Your Own Sofa

“Google Arts and Culture has partnered with more than 2,500 museums and galleries around the world in order to offer virtual tours and online displays of their collections to internet surfers.”



















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