TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Principals and staff of Title I schools are picking up thousands of masks for students all over the Leon County School District.
With 13 Title I elementary schools in Leon County, principals and staff receiving the masks are grateful as some families they serve in those areas have limited masks if any at all.
Mask 4 Class Tally started making masks in early July, hoping to help parents and the district keep kids safe.
Rags2Bags partnered with them, hand-sewing as many masks as possible.
The goal started at 5,000 masks, which they quickly surpassed with donations from the community.
Dr. Darice Richardson and Adrienne Stephenson began the initiative and say kids not having masks was a heartbreaking thought.
The target was Title I K-5 because they saw a greater need in those communities, but they have since expanded to all LCS schools.
Organizers held sewing sessions every Tuesday and Thursday. Volunteers say the work they put in serves a much higher purpose.
"They're already going through a lot, so whatever we can do, even as small as making masks, it means so much to these babies," said Quashire Floodstrouble. "So to me, it’s really exciting so we can be a part of uplifting our community."
Masks 4 Class Tally will also be distributing school supplies along with celebrating school leadership before they head back to school on August 31.