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Heritage Grove Middle School student makes more than 1,000 face masks

Heritage Grove Middle School eighth grader Nakia Newson has sewn over 1,000 cloth face masks for frontline workers and the community during the COVID-19 pandemic.   Heritage Grove Middle School eighth grader Nakia Newson applied the sewing skills she learned in school to “pay it forward” and sew face masks for frontline workers and the community.

Newson came across a video online with instructions for sewing a cloth facemask, and she immediately showed her mom, she said.

With a passion for fashion and wanting to give back to the community, Newson set out to sew her own face masks.

Newson can sew a mask in about fifteen minutes with her sewing machine, she said. To date, she has made over 1,000 cloth face masks, she said.

Newson has donated some of her cloth facemasks to the University of Chicago and clinics in Springfield, Illinois, and she is also selling them online.

“I am just happy to help others,” Newson said. “I like to help make things better and make the best out of the current situation we are in.”

Newson’s mother, Regina Newson, said she could not be prouder of her daughter for making cloth masks to help others.

“I am very impressed,” Regina Newson said. “Nakia has such a big heart as a giver and a helper.”