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A Perfect Fit, Capturing that Distance Learning Moment & Waldorf School of Bend remains open during the pandemic

A Perfect Fit

"Masks for Children Project" donates 15,000 masks

COPA patients and their siblings enjoy the comfort of a Blackstrap mask. - COURTESY COPA
  • Courtesy COPA
  • COPA patients and their siblings enjoy the comfort of a Blackstrap mask.

Recognizing that children need to have access to comfortable pediatric-sized face masks, the "Masks for Children Project" which is a partnership between Central Oregon Pediatric Associates, Pacific Source and Central Oregon Health Council, recently donated 15,000 masks to children in Central Oregon.

COPA doctors in July piloted a program with Blackstrap, a Bend-based clothing accessories manufacturer, to produce kid-sized masks designed specifically for COPA patients. The 4000 masks COPA initially purchased are breathable and comfortable and made in the USA. COPA ordered them for the pilot, gave them to patients free of charge and received highly positive reviews.

To further expand the program, Wade Miller, CEO of COPA, reached out to Pacific Source and COHC for a grant to further expand the program for children in the area. Deschutes Children's Foundation agreed to support the project by assisting in communications and the distribution of the masks through regional nonprofits in Central Oregon.

COPA patients and their siblings enjoy the comfort of a Blackstrap mask. - COURTESY COPA
  • Courtesy COPA
  • COPA patients and their siblings enjoy the comfort of a Blackstrap mask.

The project is intended to help deter the spread of COVID-19 so that kids can return to the classrooms. "The Blackstrap masks are terrific, and kids love them, so they're more likely to keep them on," said Wade Miller, CEO of COPA.

Free masks for children are currently available to patients of COPA and all children through select nonprofits in the tri-county region through Deschutes Children's Foundation.



Capturing that Distance Learning Moment

High schools ask parents to share photos of students for the yearbook

Here's something that may not have crossed your mind with schools being online this year: Yearbooks that are usually filled with moments captured throughout the school year and always include sports, dances and club activities, as well of images of classmates and friends together, are struggling to fill a book with, well, distance learning photos. Bend Nest received this plea for help from Beth Zilk of Bend-LaPine Schools as a starting point to recognizing the special moments and hard work of all students this year:

Parents, students, and community:

The high school yearbooks need your help! Please share photos of students and how they are spending their Comprehensive Distance Learning time. We would love photos of students at their jobs, working on schoolwork, hobbies, enjoying the great outdoors, or creating memories with friends and family. There is no limit on how many photos you can submit so please share your photos with the yearbook programs.

You can upload all of your photos to hjeshare.com. Just enter your school's code:

Mountain View: cougars
Summit: skostorm
Bend High: lavabears



Waldorf School of Bend remains open during the pandemic

As an ECCF, the Waldorf School of Bend's doors are open while they continue to enroll for on-site, in-person childcare and schooling for the 2020-21 academic school year

In accordance with Executive Order 20-12, and in cooperation with the Oregon Department of Education – Early Learning Division, Waldorf School of Bend has been designated as an Emergency Child Care Facility (ECCF).

5th grader, Sophia Gregory, attends class at the Bend Waldorf School - COURTESY OF BEND WALDORF SCHOOL
  • Courtesy of Bend Waldorf School
  • 5th grader, Sophia Gregory, attends class at the Bend Waldorf School

In a time when all public schools have closed, as an ECCF, the Waldorf School of Bend's doors are open while they continue to enroll for on-site, in-person childcare and schooling for the 2020-21 academic school year. They offer preschool through 8th grade in-person classes on their campus located on NE Studio Road. Established in 1996, the Waldorf School enrolls less than 100 children.

"When coronavirus hit last spring, everyone was forced to adapt quickly to the new normal," said School Director Nate Brocious, "We made a plan for the fall that would allow families in Central Oregon the flexibility to safely enroll for in-person schooling. Not a lot of schools are able to provide what we can right now, but it's our plan to keep our doors open to the public for the duration of this crisis and beyond."

"We are committed to helping all families, no matter their income level or current financial situation during this public health crisis, find a place in our school if they are interested in enrolling," said Rob Clemens, Board President, "It's a matter of equity to create a financial plan that works for everyone."

For more information call Admissions Director, Rachel Caldwell, or visit their website: bendwaldorf.com

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