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programing. Jessica Jeannetta,
a community supervisor at Oregon Ridge Nature Center, and
her team created remote nature
discovery boxes for parents and
children to take home. " The idea
was just to have five to eight selfled activities that families could do
with their children either here at
the park or at home in their backyard that would get them outside
exploring and experiencing nature
first-hand, " Jeannetta explains.
Maria Bieneman, a regional coordinator, also considered how to
supplement traditional recreational
programming when she created the
Recreation Grab-and-Go program
that offered families a bag of activities and relied on corporate donations. " One of our donations was
with the Baltimore Ravens, and they
put together a Flock Fitness Challenge for the Under Armour MapMyFitness app, " she says. The team
also donated posters for the bags.
Bieneman adds that these activity

bags are not just meant to keep kids
busy, but they are a way to " bring us
together during a pandemic. "

Summer and Fall
Reimagined
Johnson says she and her team
didn't know if this year's summer
camps would be canceled altogether due to COVID-19. " Originally, the governor said no more
than 15 people in an entire building, and then that changed to no
more than 15 people per room
and that includes the instructors
and staff, " she says, " and as long
as they could still socially distance
and be six feet apart. "
On July 6, BCRP finally
kicked off summer camp. While
COVID-19 undoubtedly affected
traditional summer camp, Wade
Henninger, PAL coordinator at
Mars Estates PAL Center, says
there have been some positives. Because BCRP can only allow a limited number of people, " the kids

are receiving quality one-on-one
instruction. We can really spend
our time a little differently than we
normally do, " says Henninger.
Evers Burns, PAL coordinator
at Winfield PAL Center, agrees.
" We're averaging about 10 to 12
kids; we usually average anywhere
from 40 to 50 during the summer, "
he says. " But we've done a lot of history lessons, as well as gone outside
and played social distancing games,
like kickball or HORSE basketball. "
BCRP also plans to serve students when school resumes in the
fall with distance learning. Bob
Smith, chief of recreation services,
says, " The option we're looking at
- in partnership with the school
system, a couple of other local
groups, and some of the community colleges and universities - is repurposing our community and recreation centers during the day. So,
the kids would come in and access
our WiFi. " He explains that BCRP
could keep the numbers manageable based on physical distancing
guidance. " We could just give kids
some structured, daily activity on
the educational side, as well as tie in
some recreation pieces, " Smith says.

An Inflection Point
in Racial Equality
On May 25, 2020, two incidents
stoked by racism and unconscious
bias changed the country: the murder of George Floyd by police in
Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Amy
Cooper's false allegation against
Christian Cooper (no relation) in
New York City's Central Park.
The Floyd case, in particular,
sparked Black Lives Matter pro-

Since playgrounds remain closed during
the pandemic, the Velich family visits
Cromwell Valley Park instead.
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