Photo credit: Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAMS
Humans of Englewood (during a pandemic)
Based on the “Humans Of New York” project, EHS Broadcast Journalism, Journalism, and Yearbook students set out to get reaction from students, families, and staff about the current situation we face as a school, community, state, nation, and world.
Freedom of Expression
Freedom of Expression
"Honestly the only thing I don't like about quarantine is how boring it gets but I think it is important to still be productive during this time. Music and choir can help with that and are a good distraction."
Aiden Mader finds a quiet place in his house to practice his choir part.
"Quarantine has been tough, but I’ve always gotten to look forward to practicing my choir music with my friends. I’ve enjoyed getting to do different choir activities and going over my music again in hopes of a virtual concert!"
“During this time it’s easy to get down on what is going on in the world right now. I think it is important to find things that make you happy and ease your worries. For me, continuing to learn and practice my music for choir has helped!”
"Even with the quarantine affecting my everyday life, I still try to find happiness and light during these dark times!"
"During tough times we all need to focus on our spiritual, physical, and mental health. I do this by singing."
"As an EHS choir member, I am sad that we are unable to meet face to face to see each other, but I am happy we are still able to connect and sing together. I can't wait to keep singing with the other members and am excited about how our future projects will end up. Even though we are separated and behind closed doors, singing brings us together."
How has your life changed with all of this happening? Well, I can’t go to work at my job until this virus blows off. So I’m just sitting at home, playing video games, watching tv, doing chores around the apartment and doing online schooling while I collect unemployment. How do you feel about online schooling? I feel that online schooling is not all bad but sometimes I would rather be at actual sch...
Jennifer Webb – Parent/24-7 Intouch team lead
"It’s nice to be home with my family. I just hope we caught it in time before the virus gets really bad. My only stress is work. I haven’t figured that out yet, life is stressful. Hold on guys you will make it through this and come out even stronger. Take this time to focus on yourselves and getting through the rest of the year."
“It's scary, there's a lot of unknowns about what the next few months hold, on the other hand, I get to spend a lot of quality time with my family. We do have added stressors, myself being out of work. I'm excited my kids have an opportunity to continue learning from home and to see there teachers and friends “
Jasmine Torrez-Student (8th grade)
How are you feeling about the COVID-19 pandemic? "Lately dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic has been hard. It's been a long time since I've seen or hung out with any of my friends since the stay-at-home order my family has taken it really seriously and I haven't been outside as much as I usually did. And the upside is I feel like I have a lot more time than I did before." How do you feel about ta...
“I’m feeling a lot of different emotions, I feel grateful that I’m able to work from home. It definitely gives me a sense of comfort to contribute financially to my family. It gives me comfort to know I’m able to pay my monthly bills. I also feel guilt that I’m able to work from home. There are so many people that lost their job and they don’t know where the next dollar is coming from ...
"The COVID-19 pandemic has me worried of course but also has my whole family on edge. I do have many added stressors in my home including the amount of anxiety all of my family feels. Being around one group of people constantly without the ability to leave can cause stress on anyone. I feel fine taking online classes because I’ve personally always wanted to do online classes. I am still learning ...
James Fortin-Student (9)
“When I'm done with school, I like to play video games or play with my dog. To get through this we must work together to stay apart.”
“Some advice during this quarantine: Try to stay present in each day! Try to still have a routine (wake up at a decent time, have coffee, help with homework or housework, feed the animals) and practice self-care by getting dressed, sometimes do your hair or makeup, eating good, take vitamins, drink water, and do things you enjoy! When I start feeling anxious or frustrated I try to keep myself busy, ...
“I don’t like this pandemic at all. I just want things to go back to normal. I think online school is easy but I prefer school and human interaction. Family is a big stressor for me. But I play videogames and watch videos to feel better. But yall better stay inside and wash your hands so this stupid virus can go away and we can go back to normal.”
“I don’t like this virus and I miss my friends. I want people to listen to the government and stay home. I don’t like being in the house all day. I just want things to go back to normal. Its stressful. Online classes are okay but I prefer seeing my friends.”
“Since COVID-19 has happened, I feel like, in a way, people have a chance to get closer to family and give ourselves self-care. The online classes are difficult but I think I’m getting the hang of them. To destress myself I’ve been spending time with my family, being outside, playing with my animals, and working on things that I wouldn’t normally have time to do. I suggest that other people...
"I’m doing okay throughout all of this but all this COVID-19 stuff is a bit over the top I believe, I don’t like the fact that it’s making us stay inside."
Jazlyn Flores-19 years old/Student/Restaurant Worker
How are you feeling about the COVID-19 pandemic? “Really anxious it’s a scary time because everything is really uncertain its taught me to enjoy the simpler things of everyday life going to get coffee, or a movie with friends. It has definitely taught me to take one day at a time though because this is nothing we can control. What has been making me feel better is everyone is experiencing the sa...
Becky Moraja-Parent/Teacher at Colorado’s Finest Alternative High School
“Some days, everything that's happening is kind of scary but other days I feel like we can get through this. I’ve enjoyed time with my family without a lot of other activities going on and now that work has started up, trying to teach online is a bit of a challenge. But in my free time, I’ve been not only spending time with family but reading a bit more and learning how to play the ukulele.”...
How are you feeling about the COVID-19 pandemic? “Alternately that I’m on vacation, and the world has gone bizarre beyond limits.” Do you have added stressors? “Definitely. I have deadlines, and with all the hubub at the house, one day has blended into the next, and deadlines have been tougher to hit with all the distraction.” How do you de-stress during such a tough time? “Imple...
Alexzandrea Jones-Student (9)
“ I feel like people could just listen but they just want to do whatever they want and I feel like if people stayed in their homes and if people stayed 6 feet apart from each other then the Covid would go away and there wouldn’t be any lockdown and everything would be going back to normal. Also, no one would be dying which is good, also no I do not have anyone in my family that is out of work a...
Mary Jones-Parent/Hospital employee
“The Covid-19 is stressful, and it is also overwhelming. If people would stay their 6 feet then I believe it would go away. And I work in the hospital and I see a lot of scary cases just from the Covid.”
“I am feeling okay with the Covid-19 and it would help if people would listen about the 6 feet distance.”
Darrell Jones-9 years old
”I am 9 years old and I think it is kinda nice and kinda not, and there isn’t any school but I miss all my friends and teachers.”
“I just play video games or watch things on my phone,” Aidyn Talley admits. It’s his two biggest distractions in the face of the pandemic, and how he likes to destress after a day’s worth of homework and chores. “I play ‘Animal Crossing’ whenever I’m able to since it’s a really therapeutic game, "Usually, with videos, I just watch or listen to music videos and try to zone out and ...
Kelley Cheatum-Parent/Englewood School District Employee
"While I haven't been able to work under the COVID-19 Pandemic, I have gotten plenty of time to finish house projects I started a long time ago. I resumed doing a remodel of the basement which has gone pretty well. I have also gotten time to cook new meals for my family."
Monkey Talley-House cat
Monkey Talley, the furry resident of the Talley household, unsurprisingly has nothing to say. It’s assumed he appreciates the lockdown because now he can hog the attention of his co-residents while said (human) residents try to do their schoolwork and chores. However, he also does not like that he has to share the couch nowadays. He reportedly has no worries, as he is a cat....