With schools across the country reopening, one of the biggest needs of the year are masks. Every student needs multiple masks to stay safe and keep themselves and others healthy, but not every family can afford this. If you're trying to figure out how to help schools with masks, I've compiled several resources and ideas for you to consider.
Many schools have already set up mask drives in hopes to get as big of a stockpile as they can for their children and their employees. If that's the case, you'll likely get an email or text message notification from your school or your district. There are usually guidelines they are following for the types of masks they can accept, but they aren't so strict as to make them hard to follow. Thankfully, most of the masks sold by major retailers like Target and Old Navy are absolutely fine.
In my own school district, each individual school has expressed their needs via our iPhone/Android application. The request was very straight-forward, and our parent coordinator is handling the masks and the donations. If your school isn't doing something like this, there are ways to get a program started, either for your own school, or for schools more affected by the pandemic and its economic effects.