In time’s like these, friends and neighbors become so important – even when we’re standing 6 feet apart or maybe because we are.

This week’s list of kudos begins with a universal shout out to everyone who’s reacting responsibly in the face of this health emergency. That means practicing social distancing, staying home if you’re ill, working from home where you can wash your hands more frequently and disinfecting common surfaces and work areas.

Most of you are sacrificing convenience and routine for the greater good. Thanks. It means a lot.

The very nature of cause and effect means we’ll never know if we overreacted, but we can be deadly certain about the outcome if we under react to the COVID-19.

Now for a couple kudos from the other side of Kentucky’s sequester.

BEANIE BRAINSTORM. Leader in Me is an established program that helps school students identify and enrich their national leadership potential.

Recently, fourth- and fifth-graders taking part in the Leader in Me organization at Morningside Elementary School dem­on­strated kindness and goodwill by preparing a box of discarded Beanie Babies for new homes.

Laurie Parker, a volunteer adviser of the group, came across a box of the Ty collectibles from a friend. The students renamed the stuffed toys, which will be given to experts working in child and family therapy.

By giving these toys a new life, the Morningside students also are giving a child new hope. That’s truly a leadership gesture.

COMING TO THE PARK. An investment by the city and staff working at Free­man Lake Park in Eliza­beth­town will offer more fun this summer and for years to come.

Park workers are enclosing a shelter near the park office to store boating supplies and life jackets. The $3,000 investment will provide a place for kayak storage and that’s coming just in time as the parks department is in­creasing its kayak fleet from four to 10 to meet demand. Two of them will be tandem kayaks for a time when social distancing is in the past.

Freeman Lake also offers Jon boats, paddle boats and a couple paddle boards.

The park is a big part of the outdoor experience in Hardin County. Its improvements are upgrades enjoyed by thousands.

The editorial represents a consensus of The News-Enterprise editorial board.

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