This spring, Medford High School Nurse Jennifer Silva read a post on the “Everything is Free Medford” Facebook page offering free cloth face masks. Nurse Silva recognized the need for cloth face masks in school and reached out to a few members of the parent group. What evolved was a partnership between a dozen parents and the Medford School Nurses.
Tamar Siegal served as coordinator of the group and contacted school PTO presidents for donations of material, elastic and thread. These dedicated volunteers sewed over 1800 cloth face masks of varying sizes and design. One parent, Sarah MacMillan, sewed face masks with a vinyl window for children who require speech therapy.
The volunteers who spent their summer sewing include Cheryl Rodrigues, Angela Maunsell Moore, Becca Eshelman, Elizabeth Remick, Faye Kolin, Hadley Langosy, Jane Hamel and daughter Sydney, Julie Parker, Rebecca Gutwin, Sara MacMillan, Christa Lucas and Tamar Siegal.
“I am extremely grateful for this donation in kind. The district is requiring all students to wear a cloth face mask while at school and for many families, meeting this requirement may be a financial challenge. We also anticipate children may lose or soil their mask during the school day and need a replacement. The results of this partnership will provide cloth face masks for Medford students across all schools in their time of need.” Toni Wray, MS, RN, NCSN, Supervisor of Health Services.
Source: Medford Public Schools, https://www.mps02155.org/2020/09/14/community-members-sew-masks-for-medford-public-school-students/