April 27, 2020
Hoover Elementary School art teacher Kari Barrett is making masks for community members and frontline workers amid the COVID-19 outbreak. Shawna Billet, Cypress Ridge High School art teacher, asked Barrett to make masks for her sister and boyfriend, who work at University Hospital Ahuja Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio. Barrett made 52 masks for Billet’s sister and her coworkers.
April 27, 2020—Hoover Elementary School art teacher Kari Barrett is making masks for community members and frontline workers amid the COVID-19 outbreak.
Barrett, who studied fashion design in college, has been able to sew since she was 5 years old. When COVID-19 started to spread, she wanted to help.
“I thought ‘I have the supplies, so why not,’” Barrett said. “It started small for just family, but more and more people saw what I was doing and requested that I make more.”
One of those requests came from Cypress Ridge High School art teacher Shawna Billet, who has been friends with Barrett for several years. Billet told Barrett that her sister, Meghan, is a nurse at University Hospital Ahuja Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio, and they had not received any donations of masks.
Barrett studied fashion design in college and has known how to sew since she was 5 years old. When COVID-19 started spreading, Barrett wanted to help and had supplies to make masks. Barrett has made more than 300 masks.
“I asked Kari if she could make a mask for my sister and her boyfriend, who is a doctor, and she made 52 masks for my sister and her coworkers,” said Billet. “It’s been a very stressful time and my sister was so grateful because everybody wants a mask for extra protection right now.”
Barrett has made more than 300 masks and has sent them to Florida, Michigan, California, Maryland, Ohio and across Texas. She’s even made some for her fellow teachers at Hoover.
“It’s just been amazing to see people come together during this time,” Barrett said. “I’m thankful I’m able to help where I can.”
Barrett has received an outpouring of gratitude from those that have received the masks, including Billet.
“I’m so grateful that someone with such a big heart who represents CFISD is helping people she doesn’t even know,” Billet said. “I think our community is blessed to have someone like Kari.”