Story by Kaitlyn Olsteen Being the principal of a Christian school already had its challenges, but COVID-19 made everything much harder. Elizabeth Vanover is the principal of Gate City Christian school, located in Virginia. She has been in education for about twenty years and has a love for empowering her students. Vanover is constantly worried …

Story by Kelly Fletcher Amanda Jones-Fernandez recalled telling her daughter she couldn’t go to the grocery store with her like she usually does in early March of 2020. The then-mysterious COVID-19 virus was just beginning to take its hold on the country. Her daughter Mary Charles has an autoimmune illness, so when Jones-Fernandez bumped into …

Story by John Cantor Joe Wesley, a Kentucky rental business owner, brought a “winter wonderland” to the students of Middle Tennessee State University in the week leading up to Valentine’s Day 2021.  Wesley wondered how he’d be able to keep this business going after a year when nearly all of his plans had been cancelled …

Story by Naffie Nije Before the novel coronavirus swept through the world and claimed the lives of millions of people, KC was a second semester freshman at Middle Tennessee State University. He was studying sociology and philosophy and learning to connect his area of study with real life. “What I’ve come to realize is that …

Story by Bethany Porter Alexis Dove found herself jobless when the store she had worked at for nearly two years told her she could not come back to work until she turned 18 years old. Dove has worked as a sales associate at a local shoe store since November 2018.  The store had to shut …

Story by Shelby Seamans In early January 2019, the United States documented its first case of the coronavirus.  From that moment onward, the lives of many in our country were never the same.  Jobs were lost and businesses had to change the way they were run.  Schools were shut down and kids were sent home.  …