Erin Dennis presents her sidewalk chalk art last Friday in Maxwell.Backyard parties, sporting events, and celebrations of most kinds have been canceled or placed on temporary hold due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
With schools closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year, Maxwell residents have found other ways to cope during “shelter in place” orders.
Youth have turned to social distancing activities such as drawing on sidewalks with brightly colored chalk, decorating windows with posters and art, and exercising until life begins to return to normal.
“To keep busy with no school or sports, I have been going on bike rides, swimming and being outside as much as I can,” said Erin Dennis. “I also do side-walk chalk art and work with my fair pigs everyday.”
What should be a joyous time for high school seniors, has become one of the most depressing.
Prom, sporting events, class trips and the possibility of 2020 graduation have all been halted, but all was not lost.
Several communities in the county have shown the class of 2020 tremendous support by acknowledging them with custom yard signs.
The Maxwell community went a little further.
Under a Facebook Page called “Adopt a Maxwell High School Senior”, student pictures and a brief description of their accomplishments, goals, dreams, hobbies, and memories of high school were listed for friends, family or county residents to adopt. The idea first stemmed from Wheatland High School and has become popular throughout several counties.
In less than 24 hours all MHS students had a sponsor, who are now letting kids know they are being thought of and supported through these difficult times by showering them with gifts.
Cynthia Ordonez, who plans on furthering her career in business administration, was surprised by her adopter last Thursday with a basket of hair supplies and goodies.
“I am so happy to be a part of making Cynthia’s senior year a little better,” said Lynn Burnham, who adopted the teen.
Over the next couple of weeks, all 24 students of the Class of 2020, in Maxwell, are expected to receive an inspirational care package.
“I was so surprised,” said Ordonez. “Thank you so much for making me smile.”
For many youth in Colusa County, killing time during the day has become more of a norm than burden.
Emily Pearson spends her new-found time with family and being outdoors.
“COVID-19 has changed my daily routine,” said Pearson. “As a junior at Willows High School, I am usually on the go for most of my day, between school, sports and extracurricular activities, leaving me rarely at home. But now that I am home all the time, a positive is that I have more time to spend with my family, market sheep and from time to time feeding treats to the livestock across the street.”
For many, what started out a burden and time lost forever, life has turned into a new-found love for the outdoors and time to bond anew with family.