Joanna Levins holds birthdays dear.


The director at North Florida Child Development’s South Gulf Center in Port St. Joe, Levins keeps tabs of all the birthdays within her little “family.”


“She’s always on top of all her teachers’ birthdays, making sure they get a card or some balloons, something to make it special,” said teacher Debbie Croft.


As it would happen, Levins’ birthday (she is a lady, we did not ask the number) arrived on Easter Sunday.


And despite living with the threat of coronavirus, in this time of social distancing, the teachers at the South Gulf Center were not going to let something like a pandemic stand in the way of celebrating Levins’ special day.


“The teachers really wanted to pay her tribute because she always has our back,” Debbie Croft said.


A “Happy Birthday” banner was printed by a local designer, colored by a teacher and carried out of the side of one car by several students.


The teachers, joined by several students and their mothers, piled into 11 cars and the motorcade passed in front of Levins’ Oak Grove home.


The motorcade stopped and teachers, mothers and students, tumbled out, maintaining their distance, and celebrated the birthday as Levins, shedding tears, stood on her front walk.