Number of Participants: 1
Hours Donated: 25
Value of Time Served: $211
Event Type: Civic & Community
Date: November 23, 2020
Thanks to the generosity of Cynthia Glover, a parent in the Merrick Union Free School District, teachers and students at Birch School are sporting face masks that not only coincide with upcoming holidays, but also fit their personal style.
In March, when school buildings closed in response to COVID-19, Mrs. Glover’s daughter Keira was suddenly learning from home and, like many of her classmates, felt disconnected from her friends and teachers. In response, Mrs. Glover enlisted Keira’s help in designing masks for family and friends — a partnership that would blossom into “Glover’s Covers.”
Since March, the mother-daughter team have created more than 300 masks, which they have donated free of charge to Keira’s friends, community members and essential workers. Once schools reopened in September, they extended their reach to faculty, staff and students as a way to give back and stay connected after making the decision to enroll Keira, now a third grader at Birch, in the district’s voluntary remote program. Once a week, the duo drops off 8-10 hand washable, cotton masks at Birch School for distribution.
“To me, making a mask and giving it out for free was my way of contributing a little,” Mrs. Glover said. “You think, ‘how can I help other people?’ And, this is something I can do with my daughter so that she feels connected to her friends.”
Photo captions: Together with her daughter, Keira, a third grader at Birch School, Cynthia Glover has made and donated more than 300 face masks as a way to give back to the community during the pandemic.
Photos courtesy of the Merrick Union Free School District