LIVINGSTON, NJ — As the Livingston community approaches its third week of quarantine, which will also begin spring break for Livingston Public Schools students, some parents are concerned about the emotional impact of isolation on their younger kids. 

As the senior community is also in great need of friendship and many teens and college students are currently looking for ways to support their community, a project loosely based on the Friendship Circle has been established as a way for these residents to communicate via FaceTime, video conference, call and/or text.

Mindy Glass Scherago, who is overseeing the project, is currently recruiting Livingston kids to participate in the “Ltown E-Pals” initiative as either an “E-Pal” or a “Buddy.”

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“Livingston is known for taking care of one another,” said Scherago. “You can have a lot of fun via technology…We are in unprecedented times, and we need more than ever to help and take care of one another. It is also a great opportunity to engage with people of all different ages and backgrounds.”

According to Scherago, the intent is to “have as many buddies and pals connected with 48 hours of sign up.

Anyone interested in becoming involved in this operation or knows someone who might like to be paired with a volunteer is encouraged to contact with the following information:

“E-Pals” — Pre-school through 5th grade students or senior citizens

1. Childs name

2. Childs age and grade

3. Child best contact for buddy to reach out to

4. Parent's name

5. Parent's contact 

“Buddies” — 6th grade through college-age students

1. Name

2. Age and Grade

3. Contact