Number of Participants: 10
Hours Donated: 4
Value of Time Served: $338
Event Type: Civic & Community
Date: November 20, 2020
A group of ninth graders at Massapequa High School’s Ames Campus are doing their part to support a safe and healthy learning community. Students in the Community Career Connections class have been making personalized mask chains for the staff.
Under the direction of teachers Trish DePalma and Kathleen Wegener, students make the chains out of fishing line and blue, gold and white beads representing Massapequa’s colors. They also use letter beads to add “Ames” or “Chiefs” as well as the staff member’s name.
The focus of the CCC class is on vocational skills, and Ms. DePalma said that this was a creative project for students that also supports health and safety protocols during the COVID-19 pandemic. With the chains, teachers and staff can keep their masks around their neck – and avoid putting it down on a desk or table – when taking a mask break such as when alone or when eating.
Ms. DePalma said that all teachers can submit their orders electronically using a Google Form. The completed chains are personally delivered by the students and money raised goes to the Ames Buddies Club.
“2020 is the year of the mask, and what better way to help out than to provide teachers with a mask chain as we strive to keep everyone safe around the building,” Ms. DePalma said. “The response has been great. The students are doing a great job with it and take pride in their work.”
Photo captions: Students at the Massapequa High School Ames Campus are making mask chains for teachers and staff.
Photos courtesy of the Massapequa School District