Optimists Club of Le Mars and Echo Electrical Supply gave a donation of face masks to Le Mars Community School on Wednesday. Shown from left to right is Assistant Principal Kyle Formanek, Dr. Mark Iverson High School Principal, holding the masks is Stephanie Buhman, School Nurse, and Levi TeBrink with the Optimist Club.
(Le Mars) — The Le Mars Optimist Club along with Echo Electrical Supply, on Wednesday, made a donation of face covering masks to both Le Mars Community School District and to Gehlen Catholic Schools. Le Mars Community received nearly a thousand face masks, while Gehlen received 150 masks. Levi TeBrink is a member of the Le Mars Optimist organization and explains the purpose behind the masks donation.
Stephanie Buhman serves as the school nurse for Le Mars Community School District and says the donation of masks is greatly appreciated.
Buhman estimates the school replaces between 25 to 50 masks a week.
Dr. Mark Iverson is the principal for the Le Mars Community High School. He says, in general, the students have adapted well to wearing face coverings or masks.
Both Iverson and Buhman say the number of instances and absenteeism from other illnesses and ailments, such as influenza and the cold, are lower this year, compared to past years, and they attribute the lower absenteeism to the mask mandate.