CAMDEN, NJ — Two Camden foundations are looking to mask up all students as the first marking period gets underway, regardless if they attend a district, renaissance, charter, or Catholic school in the city.
“Schools will require students to wear face masks once they return to the classroom, and we want to give parents one less thing to worry about in getting their children back to school,” said Anthony J. Mazzarelli, co-CEO of Cooper.
Over 16,000 face masks to safeguard against COVID-19 will be distributed to students from pre-K to high school — the third phase of a giveaway made possible by The Cooper Foundation and the Norcross Foundation. As of today, both foundations have provided over 275,000 masks to residents, community groups, schools and first responders in Camden County.
"Education is critical to the future of every student in Camden and to the city's future. To ensure our students' safety, and their ability to learn, we wanted to make sure everyone was equipped with a mask to keep them safe and healthy.” said George Norcross, chairman of the Board of Trustees at Cooper University Health Care.
Cooper officials said last week the foundation gifted backpacks and back-to-school supplies to 1,800 Camden students.
“As an organization that has served the Camden community for more than 130 years, we wanted to ensure that all Camden school children have a safe and reliable mask as they begin another school year,” said Kevin O’Dowd, JD, co-CEO of Cooper.
The distribution of face masks, which the foundations will work with school administrators to make possible, is still in the works.
"Since its inception, Cooper has supported its community, a legacy it has built on and expanded in recent years as it has helped lead Camden's renaissance. Distributing these face marks is just one more way Cooper's commitment to Camden's future is growing,” said Philip A. Norcross, chair of The Cooper Foundation.