A four-year-old Staten Island boy kicks off his quarantine routine each day leading the Pledge of Allegiance on Zoom to a group that includes frontline workers, according to a report.
“What started out as two people on FaceTime, three weeks later has become 50-plus people,” CJ Tardy’s mom, Kellyanne Tardy, told the Staten Island Advance.
She said that her son’s daily 9:30 a.m. video call began with her trying to keep his routine similar to his days at his YMCA preschool.
But word of the daily ritual has spread and it has become a Zoom call with an audience includes first responders, nurses and politicians, according to the report.
“Every morning he’s so excited, he looks forward to it,” his mom said.
The Tottenville tot has been joined by firefighters from Dyker Heights and nurses from Staten Island University Hospital, as well as Republican congressional candidate, Joe Caldarera, according to the outlet.
“It’s another example of community coming together, providing a sense of normalcy, and being there for one another,” said Caldarera, who is running for District 11, which includes Staten Island and parts of southern Brooklyn.
CJ’s mom, Kellyanne, said that she hopes that the daily video call continues to reach even more people.
“It’s a great way to start the day, to be able to see each other, say good morning, and then get on with the rest of the day,” she said.
New York Post
April 26, 2020