Sew It For The Students: THE 2020 WESLEYAN MASK PROJECT

A group of dedicated and generous Wesleyan alumnae shared their time and talent this summer helping their alma mater prepare for the safe beginning of a new academic year. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, all students, faculty, and staff will be required to wear a face mask while on campus.

The plan was for alumnae volunteers to sew enough masks so that everyone returning for fall semester would be provided a mask with students receiving a mask in a class color. The goal was to make 700 masks in about a month. With planning and organization by Flo Williams Douglas ’67, Jane Price Claxton ’68, and Glennda Kingry Elliott ’65, more than 800 masks were completed and ready to ship to campus in less than three weeks. Flo Douglas said, “A number of ‘2nd wavers’ are continuing the effort, so I have no doubt we will break the 1,000 mark. It is amazing and awe-inspiring that these women are showing the true colors of sisterhood. Thank you, thank you, ‘Stitchin’ Sisters!’”

The project kicked off with a Zoom meeting on Thursday, July 9, for all interested alumnae where President Fowler, Director of Library Services Kristi Peavy, and Flo Williams Douglas explained the goal and demonstrated how to make a mask according to the guidelines specified by Wesleyan’s COVID-19 Task Force. On Tuesday, July 14, ten volunteers attended a “Sew-In” in Willet Library, safely distanced themselves, and got the mask-making project started. Additionally, more than two-dozen alumnae from across the country requested kits to make masks from home. A total of 35 participants were involved in the mask-making project, representing five decades of class years and all levels of sewing skills.

These special masks will be colorfully packaged along with a tag letting the recipient know it was hand made by a Wesleyan alumna. We are so very grateful to all of our volunteers for sharing their time and talents.

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Wesleyan draws a wonderfully eclectic mix of women – about 700 in all – from across the United States and more than twenty countries, bringing to campus a multitude of backgrounds and ethnicities. Wesleyan students choose to study here because they want to test their limits. The bar is set high because our students demand it. First for Women isn’t just a claim to fame - it’s a philosophy that explains why Wesleyan women continue to make history today.


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