More Suburban Towns Inspiring Us All

Apr 3, 2020

These suburbs continue to remind us of the power of community.


Over the last few weeks, we’ve heard amazing stories from our Strategists, Locals and clients.


From teacher parades and “Zoo Safaris” to inspiring shows of support and reminders that #WeAreinThisTogether, we love seeing the strong sense of community across suburbia!


Glen Rock Goes on SAFARI

Just because Glen Rock, New Jersey residents can’t get to the zoo doesn’t mean they can’t go on safari. Local residents rallied to create a town-wide “safari” with favorite stuffed animals popping up on porches, perched in windows and waving from doors and balconies.


Dozens of households participated, sharing their info—and their animal sightings—on Facebook. Kids walked and drove the neighborhood, snapping pics, playing “safari bingo” and looking for their favorite animals across town.

Source: Facebook

Teachers Hit the Road

In Bellmore—on Long Island—local teachers took to the road, driving around streets near their schools to say a quick “hi” to their students.


Organized by the Bellmore Elementary Parent Teacher Association, more than 70 Bellmore teachers drove around parade-style, with students and parents lining the streets with balloons,homemade signs and banners (socially distanced, of course). This was an amazing opportunity to reconnect, said many of the local parents and teachers, with hundreds participating as drivers and spectators.

Source: LI Herald

Joining the fun, fellow elementary school teachers from Glenwood Landing Elementary School and Sea Cliff Elementary School—both in the North Shore School District—hopped in their cars on Monday and drove through the streets, cheering students on.


Also parading? Teachers from Washington Elementary School in Westfield, New Jersey who, on Monday, led a 20-minute caravan throughout their district. Principal Andrew Perry called it the “We miss you and everything is going to be OK” parade. Teachers decorated their cars, held signs through their sunroofs and waved to students and parents lining the sidewalks and streets in front of their homes.


#PortStrong is Going Strong!

To remind residents we’re ALL in this together, Port Washington, Long Island residents have posted #portstrong signs around town. These powerful messages are designed to help residents stay positive—and a quick drive or walk through town is all it takes to spot these call-outs.

Already, the hashtag has generated hundreds of sightings and inspired families and businesses to make their own signs.

Source: @whitandwhim

A Senior Salute in Darien

Out of high school until at least May 1—but, potentially, for good—Darien High School’s Class of 2020 put together a beautiful video tribute to their class and their teachers. Students shared “thanks” and “miss you” messages in this now-viral six-minute video.

Source: YouTube

This, though, wasn’t the first video to emerge from DHS. Last week, faculty put together their own video, to say “hi” to their students, reminding them to stay safe (and check email!)—while letting students know they’re here for them, despite the daily distance.

Source: YouTube


Rye Brook, New York keeps the birthday celebration going

In Rye Brook, one of our New York Strategists was surprised by thestream of cars slowly driving around her block—all to wish her twins a happy birthday. Because they couldn’t get together and celebrate, friends and family piled into cars, honking, waving, singing and releasing some balloons in honor of the big birthday. Check out the video!

Source: Robin Hoberman

We’ll keep sharing the latest and greatest from the suburbs—and we want to hear your stories, too. Tell us what your town or neighborhood is doing (and be sure to include a pic!) and we’ll share on the blog and our social media pages.




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