STAYING CONNECTED ... There's no denying that the shelter-at-home order is taking a toll on children. Aspire East Palo Alto Charter School is working to inspire its students by inviting special guests — including professional athletes and celebrities — to share motivational messages through videos posted on its Instagram account at the invitation of physical education teacher Stephen Ashford, affectionately known as Mr. Steve, who primarily posts on the account. The list of notables include former Golden State Warriors forward James McAdoo, San Francisco 49ers defensive end Nick Bosa, Women's Basketball Hall of Famer Lisa Leslie, actor Cedric the Entertainer and rapper Jermaine Dupri. Their messages offer the students friendly reminders of things to do while sheltering at home, such as washing their hands, reading books and exercising. Since March 16, the school has frequently posted on the account with other messages to stay connected, including images of students holding their artwork and photos of lessons held over Zoom. The school also has posted videos of children who have taken on Mr. Steve's 10 pushups-a-day challenge. A post published Monday invited students to join his situp challenge by doing as many situps as they can in 1 minute, once a day for the week. The posts "gave us the energy and motivation we needed while things felt really murky," Principal Maricela Montoy-Wilson said. "It's been really helpful to keep engagement really high." The collection of messages also have helped the school meet its vision for the year: celebrating student voices.
SALUTING HEALTH CARE WORKERS ... Multiple law enforcement agencies gathered outside of Stanford Hospital early Thursday morning to give health care workers a round of applause as they reported to work. Dozens in law enforcement lined up outside of the hospital's main entrance where they each held a sign with a letter to form the message "Thank you for sharing the front lines with us." Several local, regional and state agencies joined the appreciation event organized by the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office.
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