WASHINGTON — Because the coronavirus has created a time of social distancing, the Shepaug Valley School community is turning to social media to stay connected.

Students Lily Schur and Henry James created an Instagram account with a daily challenge designed to inspire their peers and teachers to think positively and cure their “cabin fever.” They said they hope their account, @KickCoronaChallenge, will be shared beyond the Shepaug community.

“Many of us are feeling isolated, confined and bored,” James said. “The only way to heal our cabin fever is to come together at a safe distance, get involved and have fun.”

Schools, movie theaters, malls and countless other places have closed as people have been told to stay home to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

They said students were upset with the school closure and cancellation of events, including dramatic events and sports. So they turned to the internet to spread goodwill.

They came up with the idea the Saturday after Region 12 closed and launched the first challenge Monday.

As of Friday afternoon, the account had more than 400 followers and about 300 posts.

The challenges so far include how to spend time during social distancing, baking or cooking, exercising, memes and documenting the arrival of spring.

Participants should direct message or tag the account or use the hashtag #kickcoronachallenge in their completed video or photo for each challenge. Each submission counts as one point for the respective grade with the winning class getting to spend an afternoon at Steep Rock Preserve once school is back in session and have a barbecue.

“While we are focused on supporting our fellow Spartans, it is our hope that this reaches well beyond the Spartan community,” Schur said, adding these challenges are a way to lift community and Spartan spirits.

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