Community outreach program donates masks to schools
STILWELL – Chain Breakers is funded through a grant provided by the Cherokee Nation and is administered by Orchard Road Community Outreach in Adair County.
Chain Breakers Prevention Specialist Zach Self said the Chain Breakers program is coming to an end and had some extra funds that it wanted to use in the community. After talking to principals at some local schools, it was decided that the extra funds would be put toward purchasing masks for students and teachers at Dahlonegah and Peavine schools in the county.
Self said the program wanted to use its money “wisely and effectively.” Two hundred fifty masks were donated to Dahlonegah school and 150 were donated to Peavine. Masks range in various sizes that will fit children in preschool up to eighth grade, and there are masks for teachers, too.
As schools open for the new school year, they have been faced with new and difficult challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Social distancing, face-masks, temperature checks and virtual learning are just a few hurdles that schools are having to navigate.
“It’s been a really difficult time trying to figure out exactly how to educate our children and at the same time protect them from the hazards of COVID,” Dahlonegah Principal Clay Yeager said. “The donations of the masks have helped us with providing the kids with a permanent solution for the masks. You know we can clean those and give those back to them and reuse those as opposed to going through so many disposable masks.”
Peavine Superintendent Mike Hargis said the mask donation will help parents with the cost of protecting their children. “To my kids probably it’s just a mask, but to their parents, to our community, sometimes the extra money is not there for $15 or $20 a family or $10 to $15 per kid. With families with two, three, even four kids in school that’s a big burden to have to shoulder on top of going back to school. We’re here to serve our families and our kids and we’re very thankful for all and any help.” Click here
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