JWCC receives 2,500 clear masks from Down Country

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JWCC President Michael Elbe, left, with Down Country representative and JWCC employee Tammy Humphrey. Photo Courtesy of JWCC

QUINCY — John Wood Community College recently received 2,500 clear masks from Down Country to ensure no child is left behind due to not being able to see lips.  The mask donations are part of Down Country’s #Smile4EveryChild Campaign.

“This story is what community is all about,” JWCC President Michael Elbe said. “We are strongest together, and for a nonprofit to pay it forward in this manner is remarkable.  We are grateful for this generous gift and applaud the work of Down Country.”  

Down Country is dedicated to helping provide training and promoting positive awareness for people of all disabilities and abilities. Kate Dougherty, president and founder of Down Country, said almost 20,000 clear masks will be making their way to area schools. The masks are reusable washable cotton masks with a clear window. The transparent section makes the wearer’s lips visible, making lip-reading and making out the speaker’s facial expressions easier.

Masks are free to JWCC students and employees.  They will be available at the Quincy campus front desk and soon at JWCC’s four regional centers.

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