Everybody comes upon tough times during which they’re unsure how to proceed. During days like this, we find solace in the simple things like books, video games, and food.
These things don’t eliminate our problems, of course, but provide us with simple joys during our period of uncertainty.
Right now, the United States as a whole is feeling unpredictable. After the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, kids and teachers from all over the country are more concerned than ever about staying safe.
That’s led to an increase in lockdowns and drills, which can be rather scary for kids who don’t know what’s happening.
Fortunately there are people out there like Kristen Hewitt who are pledging their support to make these classroom drills a little less frightening for students.
Hewitt saw a Facebook post about calming kids with lollipops during a lockdown.
Shortly after the February 14, 2018 school shooting in Parkland, Hewitt was browsing Facebook. Scrolling from post to post, she came upon one written by a teacher about handing her students lollipops during lockdown drills to soothe them and keep their minds clear.
The post really struck a chord with Hewitt, who has long been using lollipops as a way to calm her kids down on car trips. She wanted this technique to be incorporated more often in local schools, so she spoke to the teachers and principal at her children’s school.
They gave the OK, and thus the movement Lollipops For Lockdown was born!
“I know that as parents we are nervous about the safety of our schools, and we hate that our babies have to endure lockdown drills and active-shooter drills, but this is our current reality,” Kristen blogged in Today.
“Lollipops For Lockdown is something small we all can do to make these simulations more bearable for students and faculty.”
With the school’s approval, the next step was for Hewitt was getting the lollipops. When she visited her local Trader Joe’s, they generously donated enough lollipops to feed the entire school.
“It was that easy!” Hewitt said. “So now we want to do more.”
Lollipops For Lockdown aims to give suckers to kids across Florida and possibly the whole U.S.
Now Hewitt’s goal has expanded to getting enough lollipops for every elementary school in her home county of Broward—about 112,000 suckers total. Once she’s met that target, she plans on expanding out to middle schools and high schools.
Once every student in Broward has a lollipop, she wants to reach all of Florida. If she meets that lofty mark, she’ll tackle the rest of the United States. Talk about ambition!
“Let’s give the teachers an easy way to soothe our children. Let’s show our schools that we love and appreciate everything they do for our kids. And let’s do something small that can ease and serve our community,” she wrote.
Starting small in her home county certainly makes a lot of sense, not just from a practical standpoint but also because her local community is where the need is the strongest.
“Last week three schools were on lockdown in our county for three hours,” she told Popsugar. “One of the teachers messaged our Facebook page and said the lollipops really helped.”
Obviously, Lollipops For Lockdown isn’t going to stop violence from occurring at schools, and Hewitt is well aware of that. Still, she believes that anything to ease students’ nerves during this trying time is worth the effort.
“While it’s not something we like to think about happening — I’m so glad this was a nice distraction for the teachers and kids,” she said. “Do we want safer schools? Yes! But at least this is something small and sweet we can do to help our schools.”
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