Marshall Illinois: Staying Positive – Good Things to Note

As many of you know, President Trump has extended the shelter in place regimen to April 30. We all need to take heed to stay at home and practice all of the things the CDC and the scientists are advising.  Only essential businesses will be open, and many people will be working from home and dealing with schools being closed.

You can still support your local restaurants by getting take-out and curbside pick-up from most of our area restaurants, so if you need a break from cooking and want to help them and their employees stay in business, order a meal or two. Our fast-food restaurants’ drive-thru windows are also open, and Moe’s bar and package goods is even doing a drive-thru pick up window for spirits and more.

The Chamber office is closed to the public, but office workers are still in the office and are available to help the community in this difficult time so you can reach out by phone or email. They’re in constant contact with state and local officials, so they are getting the most up-to-date information about the Coronavirus and what the folks of Marshall will need to know going forward. Things change daily, so check out the resource page where businesses and locals needing assistance can get the information needed to stay in the know.

Marshall Schools

As of this week, the plan has been to keep schools closed through April 7. This may change due to the announcement on Sunday by the President. The schools will do updates once they get more direction from the Illinois State Board of Education and will get answers for you all as soon as possible.  In the meantime, encourage your school-aged children to continue studying and reading from their textbooks and to get some exercise and fresh air as much as possible while still adhering to social distancing. This, of course, means no gathering with other students to study or socially. While that’s not easy for kids, it’s what’s needed at this time.

The teaching staff has compiled some online resources for those who are able to take advantage of them.

Here are those links:

You can reach out to teachers via email or other electronic platforms for educational guidance as needed.

Hot lunches and non-perishable breakfast items are available for pick-up for any child 18 or younger and can be picked up daily between 11 am and 1 pm at the MHS loading dock off of the McNary Gym Parking Lot.  Students on the bus routes who qualify for free or reduced lunches will be getting those delivered to their homes. Bus drivers have reached out to those students that qualify and will deliver these meals from 11 am to 1 pm.  Even if your child doesn’t qualify or you’re unsure if they do, as long as they are on a bus route and in need of a meal, just call your school and let the principal know so they can be added to list for delivery. The goal is to be sure all children get a healthy meal if they need one.  Buses will be delivering between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm and will honk when they arrive. Please respect these drivers and have someone come out to the bus to take the meals from them.

Positive things are still happening in Marshall, Illinois

Senior meals:
Lunches are being delivered to Seniors in need of a meal. Volunteers are needed to drive and deliver these meals from Harlan Hall to the senior’s homes. If you are interested in volunteering to deliver these lunches, please contact Harlan Hall at 217-826-2498. What better way to get out of the house and be of use to those in need.

Some good news to make us all proud:
Marshall’s boys basketball coach John Webber has been named Coach of the Year by the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association of District 14. Congrats Coach!

Ice cream  generosity:
Ice cream brings a little joy in this time of confusion and dismay. Our wonderful Marshall Dairy Queen made 290 extra dilly bars in the middle of a very busy week, which were purchased by a kind woman who handed them out to the elderly patients that have been on lockdown during this time. The Marshall Dairy Queen has also been giving out ice cream cones to another woman who has been taking rehab patients from the nursing home on drives just to get them out and about. How sweet (pardon the pun).

Something fun to do to get out of the house:
The Marshall Chamber of Commerce is having a scavenger hunt that will offer a way for citizens to get out and about while still maintaining social distances. Follow them on Facebook to learn more. This will be a great way to get out for a walk with the family. You will be asked to answer questions about a business, then identify that business and take a selfie in front of their window. $20 gift cards to the person that identifies the most businesses will be given as the prizes.

It’s also Marshall Spirit Week. Just because you’re home doesn’t mean you can’t show your spirit and keep your spirits up.

Follow them on Facebook to learn more.

Take time to fill out your Census report:

Clark County is the area leader for responses with 33% responding. Be sure to get this done by completing either the mail the self-response or on-line form. Remember, your answer is required by law, and it matters to our future. No personal information (social security or financial information) will be required – be counted!

Other good stuff:

Mamas Mending is hard at work making cloth masks for medical facilities, and they are more than willing to make them for your organization. Get them the specifications needed for your masks, and they will get on it! They are NOT charging for these masks and are using supplies they already have on hand in addition to supplies that are donated to them. Please note that the masks are NOT N95 or N99 compliant, so they can’t take responsibility for their usefulness, but they are happy to make them for your organization if you need them.

Marshall will get through this together. We are Marshall strong and staying positive.