Leominster furniture maker donates masks to Monty Tech

  • Left to right: Cecelia Lane, Abbie Law, Xavier Ramos, Alexa Ofosuhene and Sheila Harrity, Superintendent-Director of Monty Tech, model masks donated by AIS, a Leominster-based furniture manufacturer. Contributed photo

Staff Report
Published: 11/30/2020 3:07:02 PM
Modified: 11/30/2020 3:06:57 PM

FITCHBURG — When the United Way of North Central Massachusetts and philanthropic partner AIS, a Leominster-based furniture manufacturer, contacted Monty Tech’s School Superintendent, it confirmed that North Central Massachusetts does what is best for area students.

AIS launched its Sew the Masks campaign, calling on their sewing professionals to create high-quality masks using AIS-sourced materials. These masks would go on to be donated across the country, to ensure everyone who needs personal protective equipment has it.

Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School District educates approximately 1,400 students and employs just over 200 professionals. To be sure that every person in the school had an all-important mask, AIS recently donated 1,700 masks, which were distributed across the building on Nov. 25, just before the Thanksgiving holiday. “Having businesses like AIS reach out to ask how they can help — we just couldn’t be more grateful. This is the perfect time of year to reflect on all that we have and to be thankful for partnerships that help keep Monty Tech moving forward,” said Superintendent-Director Dr. Sheila Harrity. “We understand AIS has donated masks to area schools, all Massachusetts poll workers, and of course health care workers and first responders. I hear they were also recently recognized with the 2020 Corporate Hero award, in recognition of these efforts. They are truly deserving of this honor.”

When students returned to the Monty Tech campus on Monday, they received a mask and were reminded to maintain safety and health precautions. School officials at Monty Tech have worked diligently to ensure the students are able to benefit from face-to-face instruction, which is only possible if everyone continues to exercise caution, washing hands and wearing masks, an effort made easier by AIS.

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