May 17, 2022 by By Cathy Stack
The idea came to Gene and Susan one day as they were strolling in their neighborhood and noticed children’s colorful chalk art on the street. The couple realized that the cheerful messages created neighbor connections right outside people’s front doors. With that spark of inspiration, they began inviting neighbors to join them for daily trivia questions on the driveway.
Gene and Susan Walton have been hosting “Driveway Trivia” every day now for more than a year. Each morning, they place a board at the end of their driveway with a question on the front and answer on the back.
Susan and Gene strive to think up fun questions that are neither too hard nor too easy. They wanted to challenge participants without turning them off. They feature a variety of questions in different categories to maintain people’s interest and engagement.
Within the first few weeks, neighbors had changed their walking and driving routes in order to pass the trivia board. They also began to gather near the board to think about the day’s question and exchange friendly chit chat with others.
“It has been a bright spot when you need something,” commented a local man.
The couple said that their trivia board has made close friends out of neighbors. The game created a unique bond and a strong support system within the community. When the neighbors gather each morning to answer the trivia questions, they also take the time to catch up. They discuss their families, work and upcoming community events.
“It opens the door to communication among friends and new friends,” said Gene.
Susan said she feels blessed to live in a community where neighbors know one another by name, and the couple is grateful to have helped strengthen that neighborly bond.
PassItOn and The Foundation For A Better Life believes that Gene and Susan Walton are heroes. Their action is a great example of community. At a time when their fellow neighbors were feeling isolated and lonely, the couple created a clever way to bond with and support them. Please help us celebrate these heroes by sharing their heartwarming story.
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