Good morning, Tupelo and beyond. It’s Friday, March 27th and it’s the 87th day of the year. On this day in history, Ponce De Leon and his expedition sighted Florida for the first time in 1513, Typhoid Mary was arrested and returned to quarantine in 1915 after five years of evading authorities and further spreading typhoid, Charlie Chaplin received France’s Legion of Honor award in 1931, General Eisenhower declared German defenses broken on the Western Front in 1945, Billie Holliday performed to a sold-out crowd at Carnegie Hall a mere 11 days after being released from prison in 1948, and in 1980, Mt. St. Helens became active after 123 years. Now onto today’s quote of the day.
The beautiful spring came, and when nature resumes her loveliness, the human soul is apt to revive also.
Harriet ann Jacobs
Instead of sharing events, we’re now sharing resources to help you get through #socialdistancing. These resources will range from where to find free meals for your children through the week to virtual museum tours, learning resources, and other activities to do at home with the family. If you have any resources not listed that you would like to share with #OurTupelo drop your links in the comment section of this post.
Find the latest local Covid-19 updates directly from the Mississippi State Department of Health right here on their website.
Click the following links to read Mayor Shelton’s Executive Orders on the Emergency Proclamation declared by the Mayor and the City of Tupelo on Saturday, March 21, 2020.
Senior Hours at Local Grocery Stores
- Todd’s Big Star’s Seniors Only Shopping Hours are on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 am – 12 pm. Regular shopping hours will resume from 12 pm – 8 pm. Todd’s will follow these new hours every Tuesday and Thursday while following normal business hours of 7 am – 8 pm on Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat, and Sun. Deli is open for takeout.
- Food Giant of North Mississippi’s Senior Hour will be daily during the first hour they are open at 7 am.
- Dollar General also offers its first hour of business to seniors and those at a higher risk of serious complications from coronavirus. Most locations open at 8 am, some open at 7 am. Check with your location to confirm their hours.
- Cockrell Banana offers curbside pickup for all of their produce items. <a href="http://<iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FCockrellBananaCompany%2Fposts%2F1880845432051398&width=500" width="500" height="677" style="border:none;overflow:hidden" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowTransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media">Find a complete list and ordering details here.
If you are in need of food in the Tupelo area, Eight Days of Hope can bring it to your door with their Feed Tupelo program. Sign up for services here.
Beginning Monday, March 23rd, most if not all area school districts including but not limited to Tupelo Public School District, Lee County School District, Alcorn County School District, New Albany School District, Union County School District, Nettleton School District, and Monroe County School District. You can read the MDE’s complete list and meal pickup locations here.
Parents, welcome to homeschooling! Check out your school district’s online resources below. We will add to this list as more resources are made available.
Union County Schools is conducting a survey to determine the needs of students to get access to online learning. Find it here.
Hatley Schools will be giving out instructional practice packets on Wednesday, March 25th from 10:30 to 5:30. Please pull up next to the cafeteria to pick up your child’s packet. Get more info here.
Free Online Learning and Reading Resources
Virtual Tours and Other At-Home Activities