RIFLE, Colo. — RECONNECTING PEOPLE ONE WAVE AT A TIME. That’s the motto of the City of Rifle Humanity Restoration Crew. Back in the fall, City Manager Scott Hahn created the group to encourage people to reconnect with one another. Years of diminishing human interaction seemed to be exacerbated by the pandemic and the anonymity afforded by wearing masks as well as social unrest and political divisiveness. In response, the crew created a humorous video to encourage people to “smile, wave and greet” when they pass by friends or strangers.
After an overwhelmingly positive response, the crew is at it again! Another tongue-in-cheek video has been released featuring a parody of higher education in the form of specific classes that “teach” students the basic skills of socializing. Check out both videos at www.rifleco.org/wave.
As the weather begins to warm, Hahn expects to do more “hello rodeos” with the crew out smiling and greeting passing motorists and pedestrians. Everyone is welcome to join these uplifting events. Dates and times will be posted on the City’s social media accounts.
The City of Rifle challenges other communities, schools and businesses to join the movement to bring “friendly” back. Send us thoughts, videos and pictures to email@example.com or use #humanityrestorationcrew. If you are a Rifle citizen or business and would like a yard sign or some buttons, please contact Kim Burner at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 970-665-6496.
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