Boston Pride and Boston Red Sox Donate 60,000 Reusable Masks to BPS Students, Teachers
BOSTON - Friday, September 25, 2020 - Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Boston Public Schools (BPS) Superintendent Brenda Cassellius announced that the Boston Red Sox and JetBlue, in collaboration with the Boston Pride, have donated more than 60,000 reusable masks to BPS students and teachers.
“The Boston community is one we are all so proud to be a part of. It is learned through sport that teamwork and collaboration are keys to success. The same can be said as we work together to prevail through these challenging times,” said Boston Pride Team President Hayley Moore. “The Boston Pride is happy to contribute to creating a safer school environment for all, with this mask donation. We also want to thank our loyal fans for joining us in contributing to this important initiative.”
The Boston Pride’s contribution was supported by their loyal fans and partners. Warrior Ice Arena, the team’s home arena, sold rally towels and commemorative Isobel Cup Final pucks to fans, and The Meigrey Group auctioned Boston Pride autographed hats, all in an effort to raise money for the cause.
Together, fans and partners are helping to keep students, teachers, and staff in the Boston Public Schools safe as they reenter school buildings for the new school year. This generous donation from two Boston sports teams ensures that students will be ready to protect themselves, their families, and their school community.
“It is wonderful to have the continued support of the Boston Red Sox, JetBlue, and the Boston Pride, who are working with us to ensure our young people keep themselves and their community safe so they are free to focus on their learning, all while supporting their favorite teams,” said BPS Superintendent Cassellius. “As we continue to work to ensure the health and well-being of our students and staff for a safe and successful start to the school year, it is support like this that inspires us forward."
The 2020-21 school year began for BPS students on September 21 with all students learning remotely. No sooner than October 1, if public health data allows, BPS will begin to phase students into in-person learning, starting with students with the highest needs. Families have previously chosen all-remote learning for their children or have opted into the hybrid model, in which students learn at least two days a week in school and spend the rest of the week learning remotely.
This donation of masks will supplement the more than 200,000 reusable masks and two million disposable masks the district has purchased for students and teachers, who must wear face coverings while in school buildings or riding on school buses. More information on the 2020-21 BPS school year is available at bostonpublicschools.org/reopening.