Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church in California has tried his hand at a new skill. In an effort to help children remember the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) recommendations for containing the spread of the coronavirus, the megachurch pastor penned some rhyming prose he put to music. The “Quarantine S.H.A.K.E.” was made into a dance video with the help of the Saddleback Kids ministry team.
“Nobody is going to remember all 5 [CDC recommendations], especially little kids. It needs to be memorable and fun! So, since I often create acrostics as memory devices (like our P.E.A.C.E. plan, or our S.H.A.P.E. profile) I created an acrostic for 5 WAYS TO S.H.A.K.E. THE VIRUS,” Warren wrote in the video’s description.
S.H.A.K.E. is an acrostic that summarizes the CDC’s recommendations in easy-to-remember lines:
Stay at home
Hand wash often
Avoid your mouth
Keep your distance
The song also includes a catchy chorus that reminds kids why they are being asked to do these things: “Save the human race/ When we do the quarantine Shake”.