By Kathy Brown.
In June, we helped put out the call for mask makers to help Amy Perry and Sharon Timek make masks for all the students and staff of the Haddam Killingworth schools. In July, we put out an update on the project.
Amy and Sharon made tote bags with the supplies to make the masks, and people picked up the tote bags and started sewing.
On August 10, 2020, Amy Perry and Sharon Timek delivered 2,461 masks to the School offices — one for every student, teacher and support staff. These were blue or gold, the HK school colors. Sizes ranged from 4 to 8, covering pre-K to seniors to staff.
On Sept. 10, Amy delivered 1961 student-sized kid-friendly print face masks to the Superintendent of Schools. There were also 250 more assorted sizes of the blue & gold masks delivered. The kid-friendly prints were so that the students would have “fun” masks to wear as well as the masks with the school colors.
So just shy of 4700 masks were produced for the school system for the 2020 school year by volunteers in Haddam and Killingworth.
“The mask makers really need to be commended on stepping up and completing the task,” said Amy. “The design I wanted to make was not the easiest, to say the least. My directions were evolving as the summer moved on. BUT the resulting masks are now being worn and helping the students be in class learning!!!”
Some of the mask makers made 15 masks, while others made 300, explained Amy. “It took everyone to complete the project.”
The following is a list of the residents who helped make this project happen:
Tracy Plumley, Ree Plumley, Suzie Cappucci, Jenny Law, Kathy Roelsfsen, Katy Sakash, Mary Carrellas, Joan Rand, Susan Gareis-Zeidler, Ginny Murphy, Susan Lane, Ellen Caprio, Nancy Morgan, Laura Roman, Pamela McManus, Claudette Lagasse, Evelyn Garrett, Terrie Shimoda, Lee Kozlowski, Nancy MacFarlane, Judith Goldfarb, Colleen Bell, Pat Mainetti, Carol Gwilliams, Ellen Faller, Heather Greenway, Shirley Simms, Kate Rizzo, Laurie Mongello, Donna DiGregorio, Shelley Sprague, Yvonne Furth, JoAnne Poulsen, Mary Todzia, Lynn Lwanicki, Mary Aduskevich, Kathleen Zandi, Carol Martins, Linda Talbott, Kecia Hemphill & the Valley Bible Church Ladies, Rebecca Peterson, Margaret Zarcone, Charlene Siertota, Sami Pach, Scarlett Storm, Amanda Cassidy, Lauren Heath, Dustin & Rebecca Rist-Brown, Xan & Sera Blair, Sharon Timek and Amy Perry.
A thank you also goes out to Jennifer Libero, who crocheted 150 ear savers for those who needed them.
If anyone is willing to donate to the project to offset the cost of supplies, funds can be sent to Haddam Killingworth Youth & Family Services (P. O. Box 432, Higganum, CT 06441); please put “Mask Project 2020” in the memo so that it is funneled to the correct project. Because the donation will be going through HKYFS, the donation will be tax deductible.
Photos provided by Amy Perry.