Nearly 80 Indiana University students, most of whom are pre-medicine or on some other health track, are taking a hands-on approach to a mask-wearing initiative in Bloomington.
The Mask Project at IU has been helping Bloomington Mask Drive make, package, and distribute masks since mid-September.
The city’s campaign began in March as the COVID-19 pandemic started to spread.
“They will do anything we ask them for, and they can always fit it into their schedules, and they are so willing to help and so flexible,” she said. “They inject so much energy into Bloomington Mask Drive,” said Kelly Clark, Bloomington Mask Drive co-founder.
Sophomore Arianna Smith started the mask effort at IU. She got involved with a mask-sewing effort in her hometown of Crown Point last March after IU sent students home for online instruction.
When Smith returned to campaign this fall, she launched the effort on the Bloomington campus.
“It’s been the most valuable experience I’ve had in my life,” said Smith. “We are a group of students who care about wearing masks and promoting safety on and off campus.”
The masks are free to anyone who needs one. They are available at eight locations across the city, as well as Luddy Hall on the IU campus.