Ottumwa High School choir gets new masks from church

Ottumwa High School choir received special masks to help them sing in
Ottumwa High School choir received special masks to help them sing in(KYOU)
Published: Sep. 16, 2020 at 8:49 AM CDT
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OTTUMWA, Iowa (KYOU) -Masks are required for the students and staff of Ottumwa High School but with school recently back in session, many questioned just how every day extra curricular activities would happen.

Choral director Dennis Vasconez says teaching his classes was at the forefront of his mind on how the school could keep kids safe.

He says, “When all of this Covid stuff hit, there was kind of a scare of will singing even be able to happen in a choir because we have a bunch of people together, the aerosol of our breath goes through. And, it could be very contagious.”

He added regular masks were hard to sing in and made the students sound muffled when singing.

So, Vasconez says he knew he needed to cross that barrier with a new solution saying: “I looked at purchasing these and they were about twenty to twenty-five dollars a piece, which would be a lot of money. There’s a church here in town that kind of stepped up and made them for us. All we had to do was purchase the fabric and they did everything else for us.”

Vasconez is grateful for the new masks and says he can already hear the difference in his student’s voices and has broken down the barrier of kids feeling uncomfortable in masks.

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