08.28.2020 Danville Westville Mask Deliveries

State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) delivers face masks to Danville School District Superintendent Dr. Alicia Geddis (left) and Westville School District Superintendent Seth Miller (right) in Danville on Aug. 28, 2020.

DANVILLE – As classrooms reopen to students and staff for the fall semester, State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) delivered 2,000 face masks to Danville and Westville School Districts.
“Our public health officials agree that masks and face coverings can significantly help reduce the spread of the virus,” Bennett said. “For that reason, schools offering face-to-face instruction are observing new health and safety protocols in the classroom, including wearing a face covering.”

Danville and Westville School Districts both require the use of appropriate personal protective equipment, including face coverings. Bennett wanted to ensure they had an adequate supply of masks for students and staff to help support a successful return to school.

“We would like to say thank you for helping us meet the challenges of this pandemic,” Danville School District Superintendent Dr. Alicia Geddis said. “We are humbled by your generosity and support of our students.”

"We are so appreciative for the mask donations," Westville Superintendent Seth Miller said. "It's been a challenge, but our teachers have risen to the occasion and this generous donation will be a tremendous help to our schools."

Bennett secured the masks through his connections with a Taiwanese trade delegation. Bennett established a relationship with the delegation last fall when he hosted them at his family farm to celebrate their commitment to purchase Illinois crops between 2020 and 2021.

“It’s critical that every student and staff member has access to face masks to keep each other safe and healthy during this pandemic,” Bennett said. “I hope this additional supply of masks will equip Danville and Westville School Districts to protect their students and workers.”

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