Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 graduating class missed out on a lot of traditional events and activities. Lori Bjornsgard Dearmore and Adrianne Lartz gathered our community together to show our graduating class just how much our community cares. With this the Adopt a 2020 SBHS Senior project was born.
Individuals, businesses, families and community organizations were invited to adopt one of the Seniors from South Bend High School's 2020 graduating class.
R2R was proud to a part of this opportunity.
On April 27th, R2R adopted SBHS 2020 Senior Esmeralda Meliton. Board members, many of whom have known Esmeralda for several years, met to plan out 6-weeks worth of anonymous gifts. Her love for origami, chickens, running, movie nights with her family and spicy chips made for some fun, creative gifts!
Our weekly gifts consisted of an art basket, funny running socks and a pedometer, gifts cards to some of her favorite stores, a chicken coffee cup with the recipe for whipped coffee, a basket full of her favorite chips and energy drinks, and a movie night basket.
For our week 6 movie night basket, we included R2R swag and a card revealing R2R as her secret adopter! A couple weeks later we received an email from Esmeralda:
"Thank you so much for adopting me. I am grateful to all of you guys. I appreciate all of the gifts that you all have given me. My favorite gifts are for sure the cups and the letters that were sent."
Thank you Esmeralda for allowing us to make your senior year a little more special. We wish you luck in your future endeavors.
A special thanks to our staff and board members for making this possible: Allison O'Rourke, Luke Stigall, Tessa Clements, Kathryn Staats, Alyssa Olsen, Jon Schray and Zoe Sowa.
Open up to family, friends and even your neighbors
If you're staying home, prepare a self-care tool kit
If you're going out, set a plan
Practice self-regulation and grounding techniques
These techniques help make your body and mind feel safe and more secure.
Position yourself to keep your back against something hard like a wall or a chair, sit so you feel the solid support of the floor beneath your feet if you are starting to feel fearful and unsafe.
Think about what makes you feel grounded and supported in other ways. Wear long sleeves and trousers. A favorite hat may also help you feel more protected.
Practice S-L-O-W deep breathing.
Notice your surroundings, look around and even if you feel unsafe, remind yourself that you are safe and not in harm’s way in your current surroundings. Describe to yourself what you see around you that can keep you grounded in your present reality.
Practice mindfully eating a piece of fruit, noticing how it looks, the texture of its skin, the fragrance of its aroma, the temperature, flavor, and how it feels as you taste it. See how long you can enjoy each bite until you swallow it. Notice how it feels when you swallow each bite and before you take another.