‘Coronacation’ for the win

If you’re going to be glued to your internet anyway these days, why not bathe your brain in endorphin-flooding happiness via Instagram accounts such as NVCoronacation? Students and staff at Northview Public Schools are trying to make the most of the extended school closure via shared posts and videos of hilarity, hope and solidarity.

The daily challenge the first week was to sing a song, “just to get the ball rolling,” said senior Lila Johnson.

Northview students and staff are trying to make the most of the extended school closure via posts and videos of hilarity, hope and solidarity

Lila, who is student body vice president, is half the duo that created the NVCoronacation page the first week of the school closure with classmate and student body president Justin Kneeshaw.

Justin responded to the sing-a-song challenge with his rendition of “Pluto Projector” by Rex Orange County, in which he also played piano. Freshman Sylvia Peterson took to her driveway to belt out the theme song from TV’s “Big Time Rush.” The dance moves alone should make this one a classic.

The Pitt family in tutus singing “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” is pretty much exactly what we need to see right now. And Mr. P — aka high school choir teacher Jack Phillipson — exercised his vocal cords and accompanied himself — along with cat Moxie — on “Lean on Me.”

The page started as a high school effort only, but quickly opened to participation from anyone in the district.

“The community has embraced it, and we want to embrace them back,” Lila said. “… I think it’s important to allow for everyone to have the opportunity to be a little happier. We just want to keep the positivity going.”

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Morgan Jarema
Morgan Jarema is a Grand Rapids native and a product of Grand Rapids Public Schools, including Brookside and West Leonard elementaries, City Middle/High School and Ottawa Hills. She found her tribe in journalism in 1997 and has never wanted to do anything but write. For 15 years she was a freelance journalist for The Grand Rapids Press, covering local schools and government, religion, business, home & garden and lifestyles. She and her husband, John, think even those without kiddos should be invested in their local schools and made to feel a part of them. Read Morgan's full bio or email Morgan.

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