The Innovation Hub @ Northwood School

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Tested and certified face masks to be donated to North Country residents 


In response to the COVID-19 crisis, Northwood School’s Innovation Hub helped to produce 3,000 face shields to protect frontline workers in the Adirondacks and beyond.  With all requests satisfied, the Hub has become the command center for a community outreach project created by Northwood School junior Quy-An “Q” NguyenLe known as The Mask Hub. This initiative will provide tested and certified reusable 3-ply cloth masks to North Country residents and second-line essential workers: grocery store workers, food workers, and police personnel, and many others. Her goal is to minimize the competition that has formed between medical facilities and non-medical facilities over the already limited supply of disposable surgical masks, by providing the public with high-quality reusable protective cloth masks.


“Originally, this project started from a personal need: my family found it difficult to find face masks to wear when out in public,” she stated. “I realized that my family was one among the millions of others facing this widespread issue that plays a critical role in containing the spread of COVID-19. Since this is an issue that impacts the health and safety of everyone, I decided that I needed to do something”.  


Q knew that her extended family in Vietnam was making millions of cloth masks for people in Vietnam, Japan, and Singapore. She shared with her parents her idea to provide washable face masks, like the ones her aunt produces, to second-line essential workers in the United States. The Mask Hub was born.


“We are proud of Q and thankful for the support of her family to help meet the demand for protective face masks here in our region,” stated Michael Maher, Head of School. “Our faculty and a team of volunteers are with her on this from teaching entrepreneurial skills, helping identify potential organizations, businesses, municipalities, and schools in need of the masks, and managing logistics and distribution.” 


As part of her “Masks for All” campaign, Q is starting with a donation of 5,000 masks to the Village of Lake Placid to distribute to residents. Following further communication and discussion surrounding logistics and shipping dates, these masks will also be distributed to other regions of the North Country. The supply of masks to North Country residents will provide tested and certified protection versus hand-made and disposable options.  


Once again, many have asked how they can help. 

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