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Teens work together to bring joy to an unusual Easter holiday


As Published in the Greenville Journal on April 13, 2020 by Evan Peter Smith

It wasn’t a normal Easter for them, but then it wasn’t normal for anyone.

Like the rest of their classmates, Christ Church Episcopal School seniors McCuen Thompson and Chapman Mann are unsure what will happen to the rest of their school year. The milestones they’d been anticipating — prom, graduation and the traditional ceremonial goodbyes surrounding the end of high school — are unlikely to happen, if not already canceled altogether.

And while nothing could “cancel” Easter Sunday, the lack of communal gathering meant it was at the very least unique compared to those in years past.

Rather than get dour about things, McCuen and Chapman, whose families are close friends, decided to embrace the moment.

The idea started simply enough. Chapman’s family was talking about possibly building a large cross in their front yard so everyone could decorate it with Easter flowers like they would have done at church. That got McCuen thinking about making smaller crosses to sell around the neighborhood, to raise money for local businesses.

“Things happened so fast,” McCuen said. “We didn’t expect it to take off the way it did.”

After posting on Instagram about building the crosses, the response was immediate and overwhelming. Orders poured in by the tens, the dozens and then by the hundreds.

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