DSU’s Virtual Playground on Zoom
Hi DSU Friends,
Good news! There has been no interruption to DSU programming since COVID-19 closed our building on Friday, March 13th 2020. All the Innovation, Inclusion, Collaboration and FUN you’ve come to expect from DSU is happening daily in our new Virtual Playground on Zoom’s videoconference platform.
DSU’s mission is to support Duxbury youth through big world opportunities and we’ve grabbed our virtual backpacks and our “can-do” attitudes and traveled to new frontiers, celebrating milestones, special events and learning a ton together….but now apart!
Students have enjoyed virtual vacations, using Google Earth, visiting places through their peer’s experiences, discovering local attractions, cuisine and the local lifestyle. They are learning new life skills, cooking from the cupboard with Chef Francesca and playing games such as Skribbl.io, Bingo, UNO & Harry Potter Mystery Room challenges.
We use this time to check in with each other, lift each other up, celebrate birthdays and the amazing stories of humanity. It’s been particularly challenging for our kids with parents in healthcare or considered essential employees and we’ve honored them with gratitude for the risks they are taking to keep us safe. Check out some highlights here on this video.
We keep it light, celebrating events such as April Fools Day and MLB season and also discuss the deeper meaning of films, such as the animated international film The Breadwinner, sharing a local connection to the film with Razia’s Hope Foundation.
We are aware that families are struggling with the increase in screen time. We see the Virtual Playground an essential element to student health to connect and see each other while doing something collaborative and productive.
This is our new normal and we will evolve from this with a new appreciation for innovation, inclusion, collaboration and FUN! Until we meet again in person, know that we will get through this together…apart! See you on Zoom Monday through Friday. If you wish to participate, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Like what we do? Make a donation. We are a small nonprofit hit hard due to the cancellation of camps, our annual fundraiser and tuition due to families laid off from their jobs. While we are not saving lives, we are an essential service to Duxbury youth and families.
Stay safe, healthy and social distance. Sending you all virtual high fives and good vibes,
Your DSU Team – Sue, Jess, Laura, Francesca, Kyle, Eli and Ben.