MFS Community Members Create Masks for People in Need

Apr 16, 2020

The Edmund and Barna families, among many others, have been busily printing and creating masks for healthcare workers, individuals, and organizations in need. MS/US Art Teacher Nicole Edmund ’86 and her artistic family (which includes husband Gene, Morgan ’14Braeden ’16, and Mattie ’17) have created hundreds of do-it-yourself masks. Braeden recently posted this very helpful and impressive instructional video. Building on their work, Nicole led a group of faculty and staff to continue this work during yesterday’s Faculty/Staff In-Service Day.

LS Librarian Ruth Malwitz has been making masks for neighbors and for Sew Face Masks Philadelphia. She shared a step-by-step DIY guide to mask-making from Deaconess. Half-Day Preschool Teacher Jennifer Yeung has also been hard at work, creating over 175 masks throughout the past several weeks to send to healthcare workers in New York City.

Computer Science Teacher Gail Barna, husband Pete, and two of their three children (Peter ’11 and Kelly ’09) have spent some of their time together producing nearly 100 3D printed face shields to be used to protect local medical professionals. They have been delivered to nursing staff at Cooper Hospital, University of Pennsylvania Hospital, Hainesport Fire and EMT Squad and to a friend in Virginia who is caring for COVID patients in the maternity ward.

Gail passes along her thanks to the Technology Department for allowing her to use the school’s MakerBot 3D Printer from home, as well as Academic Technology Coordinator Diana Day for sharing the detailed settings required to properly use the printer to bring the designs to life!

Below, L to R: Gail Barna and her husband Pete with completed face shields; Kierra DeVaughn ’16, an EMT in Maple Shade, NJ who was one of many recipients of masks from Nicole Edmund ’86 and her family; Ruth Malwitz and her daughter Penny showcasing finished masks.


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