Conshohocken Elementary (CE) students returned to school after the winter break to find free reusable child-sized face masks courtesy of Face Jawn. The masks feature images of Philadelphia landmarks, smiley faces, and other prints and designs — and were a big hit with the children.
"It fits my face well, and they are really cool!" said Wyatte Strittmatter.
"I like that these masks have all different street names from Philadelphia," said Giuseppe Arculeo. "My mask says Chestnut Street."
"I have a mask with an emoji face," said Max Cernetti. "I like how it fits and is easier to breathe in."
At the beginning of the pandemic, Andy Deck of LAB Medical, a durable medical equipment supplier in Montgomeryville, recognized the need for accessible reusable face masks and started Face Jawn with some friends. For every face mask they sell, they donate one to a school.
"We wanted to be a little silly with something serious and put our Philly spin on it," said Mr. Deck said of the company's mask designs. "It's been an honor to be able to help out the kids and the teachers in Philadelphia area schools."
CE third grade teacher Amy Campbell grew up with Mr. Deck and registered Conshohocken Elementary for their School Partner Program as soon as she heard about it.
"They have donated about 250 masks to our school," said Mrs. Campbell. "I'm so proud of my old friends for doing something amazing during this difficult time!"
In total, Face Jawn has given away more than 4,000 masks to area schools and also works with Philadelphia high school students interested in fashion and textiles at the Jules E. Mastbaum Area Vocational/Technical School in the Kensington section of the city.
It's not too late buy a face mask and have one donated to CE! Click here to visit the Face Jawn webpage.