Because Superheroes Wear Masks

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Reflecting over the past five months, I feel time has slowed down and yet flown by. When we were all told to stay home there was a lot of panic and controversy. One thing people did not agree with, and some still don’t, is should we wear a mask? Well we know superheroes wear masks and we are all superheroes.

Research is proving time and time again that when wearing a mask, the risk of spreading COVID-19 decreases. So when there was talk about students returning to school in August, the Cooperative Extension Service stepped up to help Jackson County students return to school safely. With the help of volunteers, over four classes, they made 28 reusable cloth masks to donate to the central office to give to students. Our goal was to sew masks with fun patterned material that would encourage the students and they would enjoy wearing to class, all while helping keep them safe.

Another benefit to this program was it helped the volunteers freshen up on their sewing machine skills. Every volunteer showed improved sewing skills after making just a few of the cloth masks. Confidence was gained and it was nice to be around other people (socially distancing) again.

Cloth masks

Cloth masks made by Extension volunteers